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1513 - Barclay, Alexander - Fourth Eclogue

Allusion
Date 1513-14
Author Barclay, Alexander
Title The Fourth Eclogue
Mentions Some merry fit of Maid Marion or else of Robin Hood [Gest of Robyn Hode?]
Alexander Barclay, a wood cut included in many early editions of his works (from The Ship of Fools, 1874).

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-08.

Allusion

Yet would I gladly heare some mery fit
Of mayde Marion, or els of Robin hood;
Or Bentleyes ale which chafeth well the bloud,
Of perre of Norwich, or sauce of Wilberton,
Or buckishe Joly well-stuffed as a ton.[1]

IRHB comments

Alexander Barclay's Eclogues were written 1513-14. These lines are spoken by a shepherd. Though earlier sources mention "Robin et Marion", this is the first literary source to mention "Maid Marian" eo nomine. Possibly "some mery fit" is an allusion to the A Gest of Robyn Hode, which was divided into fyttes and was then in all probability the most well known Robin Hood poem.

Notes

  1. Barclay, Alexander, adapt.; Brandt, Sebastian; Jamieson, Thomas Hill, ed. The Ship of Fools (Edinburgh: London, 1874), vol. I, p. lxvii.

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