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1419 - Walsingham, John - Reply of Friar Daw Topias

Allusion
Date 1419-20
Author Walsingham, John
Title The Reply of Friar Daw Topias
Mentions Robin Hood; 'many men speak of Robin Hood' proverb

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

On old Englis it is seid "unkissid is unknowun,"
And many men speken of Robyn Hood and shotte nevere in his bowe.[1]

IRHB comments

This is an early occurrence of the well-known proverb. The Reply of Friar Daw Topias, wriiten in 1419-1420, is usually attributed to John Walsingham.

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