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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Robin Hood’s Dirge
By Anthony Munday (1553–1633) and Henry Chettle (c. 1564–c. 1607)
 
WEEP, 1 weep, ye woodmen, wail,
  Your hands with sorrow wring;
Your master Robin Hood lies dead,
  Therefore sigh as you sing.
 
Here lies his primer and his beads,        5
  His bent bow and his arrows keen,
His good sword and his holy cross:
  Now cast on flowers fresh and green.
 
And, as they fall, shed tears and say
  Well-a, well-a-day, well-a, well-a-day:        10
Thus cast ye flowers fresh and sing,
  And on to Wakefield take your way.
 
Note 1. From Munday and Chettle’s Death of Robin Hood, 1601. [back]
 
 
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