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Robin Hood in Barnesdale stood
A nonsense carol, six unrhymed quatrains with ‘downe downe downe’ burden
Author(s): John Rastell
Subjects: carols, humorous; nonsense
Versification: — four-line — unrhymed



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 51 [Sotheby’s, 24 June 1980, lot 33], f. 1
First Lines:
Robyn hudde in bernsdale stode
he leynyd hym tyll a maple thysty
Then came owr lady and swete seynt Andrew
slepes thow wake thow geffrey coke…
Last Lines:
…Who dar be so harde dared
As to Cack vnder the water of dover
Facsimiles:
Holt, J. C., and T. Takamiya. “A New Version of ‘A Rhyme of Robin Hood’.” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 1 (1989): 213-21.
Editions:
Holt, J. C., and T. Takamiya. “A New Version of ‘A Rhyme of Robin Hood’.” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 1 (1989): 213-21: 291.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 20722. Rastell, John, A new iuterlude [sic] and a mery of the nature of the .iiii. element declarynge many proper poynt of phylosophy naturall, and of dyuers straunge landys and of dyuers straunge effects [and] causis, whiche interlude yf ye hole matter be playd wyl conteyne the space of an hour and a halfe, but yf le lyst ye may leue out muche of the sad mater as the messengers p[ar]te, and some of experyens p[ar]te [and] yet the matter wyl depend conuenyently, and than it wyll not be paste thre quarters of an hour of length, [London: J. Rastell, 1520?]
First Lines:
Robyn Hode in Barnysdale stode
And lent hym tyl a mapyll thystyll…
Last Lines:
…Of all the byrdes in mery Englond,
So merely pypys the mery botell
Facsimiles:
Farmer, John Stephen, ed. Henry Medwall’s Nature. Tudor Facsimile Texts. London, 1908; 2nd ed. Amersham, 1914.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 291.