ramin asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 3 months ago

Hi I cant get the meaning of this line from the Robin Hood and the Three Squires ballad: "With a link a down and a day" ...?

Now Robin Hood is to Nottingham gone,

With a link a down and a day,

And there he met a silly old woman,

Was weeping on the way.

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  • Ludwig
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    "Link - a thin wild bank of land splitting two cultivated patches and often linking two hills" (wiktionary).  There is also a painting called 'golfing on the links'.

    "Down - an area of open land with low hills" (Oxford Dictionaries)

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    It's a meaningless refrain, repeated three times in the ballad when Robin Hood is travelling.

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  • Phil
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    It is from the Old English.

    Hlinc means hill or slope.

    Adown means downwards.

    Aday means  in the daytime.

    So it refers to him traveling down a slope in the day.

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  • Liz
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    Never heard it but it could mean he was down a man and had lost time. Sorry Idk.

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  • Bob
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    I think it’s meaningless and it just goes with the poem. A bit like hey nonny hey nonny. Or like in jazz songs they say zoo pap zoo pap zee diddly.

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  • Dze
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    the three squirrels huh lol .. havent heard of that one ..

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