1622 - Taylor, John - Errant Thiefe

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date c. 1622
Author Taylor, John
Title An Errant Thiefe
Mentions Robin Hood; Little John; Friar Tuck; [Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor; quasi-proverb]

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


England still hath bin a fruitfull Land
Of valiant Thieves, that durst bid true men stand.
One Bellin Dun, a famous Thiefe surviv'd,
From whom the towne of Dunstable's deriv'd;
And Robin Hood with little John agreed
To rob rich men, and the poore to feede.

Once the fift Henry could rob ex'lent well,
When he was Prince of Wales, as stories tell.
Then Fryer Tucke, a tall stout Thiefe indeed,
Could better rob and steale, then preach or read.[1]

Source notes

The original edition, published 1630,[2] has "cowne" for "towne" in the third line, and no comma after "Tucke" in the last line.[3]



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