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1622 - Taylor, John - Errant Thiefe

Allusion
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, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

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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