Robin Hood and Little John - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

*Mickle means great
**"Telling his beads" means to be a good Catholic and is referring to praying with the rosary (which is made of beads – a person counts the number of prayers he/she is saying on the beads of the rosary).

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Comments

Halliwell (a 19th century collector of nursery rhymes) wrote about this rhyme: "The following song [above], relating to Robin Hood, the celebrated outlaw, is well known at Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, where it constitutes one of the nursery series."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme and the 1st illustration can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. The 2nd illustration is from "The True Tale Of Robin Hood" from An Eighteenth-Century Chap-Book. This rhyme can also be found in The Nursery Rhymes of England (1842) collected and edited by James Orchard Halliwell.

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