Here he took from his girdle a well-filled purse, and continued, "I would fain be a butcher, this day, and sell meat at Nottingham town.
Heaven bless ye, good Robin," cried the butcher right joyfully, "that can I
Another said, "He is a thief who has murdered a butcher, and stolen his horse and meat.
Accurst of his heart," said jolly Robin, "That a butcher will deny.
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
Now, by Our Lady's grace," cried the Butcher, "well do I know thy name, and many a time have I heard thy deeds both sung and spoken of.
At four marks do I value meat, cart, and mare," quoth the Butcher, "but if I do not sell all my meat I will not have four marks in value.
Now, I would fain be a butcher for the day and sell my meat in Nottingham Town.
cried the Butcher right joyfully, as he leaped down from his cart and took the purse that Robin held out to him.
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.