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THE

NORTH AMERICAN

REVIEW.

VOL. LXXXIV.

Tros Tyriusve mihi nullo discrimine agetur.

BOSTON:

CROSBY, NICHOLS, AND COMPANY,

111 WASHINGTON STREET.

1857.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

CROSBY, NICHOLS, AND COMPANY, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

CAMBRIDGE:

METCALF AND COMPANY, PRINTERS TO THE UNIVERSITY.

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Art. I. - 1. Robin Hood: a Collection of all the Ancient

Poems, Songs, and Ballads now extant relative to that celebrated English Outlaw; to which are prefixed Historical Anecdotes of his Life. Carefully reprinted from Ritson.

1810. 2. The Robin Hood Garlands and. Ballads, with the Tale of

the Lytell Geste : a Collection of all the Poems, Songs, and Ballads relating to this celebrated Yeoman; to which is prefixed his History and Character, deduced from Documents hitherto unrevised. Edited by John MATTHEW GUTCH,

F. S. A. In 2 vols. 1850. 3. MR. HUNTER's Critical and Historical Tracts. No. IV.

The Ballad Hero, Robin Hood. 1852.

Robin Hood! all over England it is a name of affection, heroism, and gladness. It is so even where the ballads about him have been long forgotten, and where no recollection of his history survives. But how is this ? His history quite forgotten, why should his name excite such feeling? It is because of the past; because of its having become a name of feeling. Just as love means affection, even with persons ignorant of the Saxon word of a thousand years ago, whence it is derived, so it is with the name of Robin Hood. Among the poor, at least, it has been repeated from father to son, with such deep VOL. LXXXIV. - No. 174.

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