A lass and a butcher of Nottingham Agreed 'twixt them for to wed.
With a hey and a ho And a hey nonny no, A butcher of Nottingham
Boldly he led his shuffling horse to the place where the butchers had their stalls.
But the other butchers were wroth when they found how he was taking their trade; and they accordingly put their heads together.
The Sheriff was already come with great pomp into the banqueting room, when Robin Hood and three or four butchers entered, and he greeted them all with great condescension; and presently the whole of a large company was seated at a table groaning beneath the good cheer of the feast.
Now the Sheriff bade Robin sit by his right hand, at the head of the board; for one or two butchers had whispered to the official, "That fellow is a right mad blade, who yet made us much sport to-day.
Three pennyworths of meat I sell to a fat friar or priest for sixpence, for I want not their custom; stout aldermen I charge threepence, for it doth not matter to me whether they buy or not; to buxom dames I sell three pennyworths of meat for one penny for I like their custom well; but to the bonny lass that hath a liking for a good tight butcher I charge nought but one fair kiss, for I like her custom the best of all.
Thus he sold his meat so fast that no butcher that stood near him could sell anything.
For this day the Sheriff hath asked all the Butcher Guild to feast with him at the Guild Hall.
Now, beshrew his heart," quoth jolly Robin, "that would deny a butcher.
So let no man draw up his lip, nor thrust his forefinger into his purse, for I swear that neither butcher nor Sheriff shall pay one penny for this feast.
Ay, that have I," quoth Robin, laughing loudly again, "five hundred and more horned beasts have I and my brothers, and none of them have we been able to sell, else I might not have turned butcher.