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Lithe and listen gentlemen
The Little Gest of Robin Hood — 456 quatrains
Title(s): The Little Gest of Robin Hood
Subjects: romances; Robin Hood
Versification: — four-line — abcb



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 13688. A little gest of Robin Hood, [R. Pynson, 1500?]
First Lines:
…And euill thyrste on thy hede saide lytell John
Right vnder thy hattes bonde
For thou haste made oure mayster wroth
He is fallinge so longe…
Last Lines:
…To grenewode anone rode she
Whan she cam in the forest…
Note: One leaf (lines 877-938) = CUL Inc. 4.J.3.6 [3627], sig. c.2; two leaves (lines 908-92, 1248-61, 970-1000, 1307-1337) = Washington Folger Library; and one leaf = Bodleian Douce frag. f.51 (3).
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950.
Editions:
Oates, J. C. T. “The Little Gest of Robin Hood: A Note on the Pynson and Lettersnijder Editions.” Studies in Bibliography 16 (1963): 3-8.
2.Source: STC 13688. A little gest of Robin Hood, [R. Pynson, 1500?] , sig. A.3
First Lines:
…For myne owne ware
I tell the syr in priuyte…
Last Lines:
…To caste a stone it is full wode
To ryue them of theyr [lyues?] swete…
Note: Transcription from Gutch (1847); fragment at Lambeth Palace? (Not recorded in the ESTC, but cited in Robbins and Cutler (1965).)
Editions:
Maitland, Samuel Roffey. An Index of such English books, printed before the year MDC, as are now in the archiepiscopal library at Lambeth. London: Rivington, 1845.
Gutch, John Matthew. A lytell geste of Robin Hood…. London: Longman, 1847: 2.46-50.
3.Source: STC 13689. A Lytell Gest of Robyn Hode, de Worde, c. 1519
First Lines:
LIthe and lysten gentylmen
That be of fre bore blode
I shall you tell of agood yeman
His name was Robyn hode…
Last Lines:
…For he was a good out lawe
And dyde pore men moch god
Note: Shelfmark in CUL: Sel. 5.18 [formerly AB 4.5818].
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a lytell geste of Robyn hode (sig. A.1); Here begynneth a lytell geste of Robyn hode and his meyne And of the proude Sheryfe of Notyngham (sig. A.1v); Explycit Kynge Edwarde and Robyn hode & Lytell Johan Enprented at London in fletestrete at the sygne of the sone By Wynken de Worde (sig. E.8)
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. The Knightly Tale of Golagros and Gawane and other ancient poems. repr. of Chepman and Myllar 1508. Edinburgh, 1827.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 171-86.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 267-90.
Gutch, John Matthew. A lytell geste of Robin Hood…. London: Longman, 1847: 1.145-219.
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 5.44-123.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: no. 117, 3.56-78.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 256-78.
Gummere, Francis Barton. Old English Ballads. Boston: Ginn, 1894: 1-68.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 35-80.
Copland, Wyllyam. A Merry Geste of Robyn Hode. London, 1548; repr. Tudor Facsimile Texts. Amersham, 1914.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 180-5 (excerpts).
4.Source: STC 13689.3. [Here begynneth a lytell geste of Robyn hode], [York: Hugh Goes, not after 1509]
Note: Imperfect.
5.Source: STC 13689.5. [Here begynneth a gest of Robyn hode] , [S.l: s.n., between 1510-1515] , sigs. a.1-d.4v
First Lines:
Lythe and listin gentilmen
þat be of fre bore blode
I shall you tel of a gode yeman
his name was Robyn hode…
Last Lines:
…Euyll mote thou cheue
There myght noman to thy truste…
Note: First eleven quatrains written as prose.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a gest of Robyn Hode (sig. a.1)
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 197-220.
6.Source: STC 13690. [Here begynneth a gest of Robyn hode], [London: Julian Notary, ca. 1515?]