1605 - Woodhouse, Peter - Flea

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1605
Author Woodhouse, Peter
Title The Flea
Mentions Tales of Robin Hood [foolish tales]

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-02. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


Many, many things haue written,
When th' ad better still haue sitten.
Peraduenture so had I:
Yet I knowe no reason why.
It's a foolish toy I write,
And in folly most delight:
Then (I hope) it will please many,
And not be dislikte of any.
Euen from tales of Robin Hood,
Wise men always picke some good.
None (I trust) offend I shall,
So I take my leaue of all.[1]

Source notes

P. 37: "The verse is in heroic rhyming couplets; but the poem is desperately dull—fully justifying what the author says at the end."