1619 - Hutton, Henry - Folly's Anatomy

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1619
Author Hutton, Henry
Title Follie's Anatomie: or Satyres and Satyricall Epigrams
Mentions Robin Hood; Little John; minstrel

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-10. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


The idle minstrell, he cries out of wrong,
Because you doe his sonnets still prolong.
You injure much his treble squeaking note,
Deprives him of the townships armes, red coate;
Such wrongs may not passe free: invent a theam,
Rouze up your muse from her conceited dreame.
Give him a cup of ale, a pipe of To.:
And let him to his private study go.
Hee'l breake a jest, when he has drunke a glasse,
Which shal for currant mongt the tapsters passe,
And rime to any word you can propound,
Although a metre for it nere were found.
Wright panegyricks in the praise of's friend,
Make compleat verses, on his fingers end.
He has a subject he did late invent,
Will shame the riming sculler, Jack a Lent.
'Tis writ in print; perhaps you'l see't anon,
'Twas made of Robin Hood and little John:
'Twil be discovered er't be long, and ly
Under the bottome of a pippin-py, [p. 21:]
Be pind to capons backs to shroude the heate,
Fixt to some solid joynt of table meate.
Wish it be put to no worse service then
To shelter scorcht caponet or hen.[1]

Source notes

"P. 20, l. 26,–"Jack a Lent." An allusion to one of the multitudinous skits of John Taylor the water-poet. Its title is as follows; Jack-a-Lent, his Beginning and Entertainment, with the Mad Pranks of his Gentleman User Shrove Tuesday, that goes before him; and his Footman Hunger attending, n.d. 4to."[2]