Heaven bless ye, good Robin," cried the butcher right joyfully, "that can I
Now when the folk found what a simple butcher he was, they crowded around his cart; for he really did sell three times as much for one penny as was sold by the other butchers.
Another said, "He is a thief who has murdered a butcher, and stolen his horse and meat.
Then the butchers saw that they must meet craft with craft; and they said to him, "Come, brother butcher, if you would sell meat with us, you must e'en join our guild and stand by the rules of our trade.
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
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.
For this day the Sheriff hath asked all the Butcher Guild to feast with him at the Guild Hall.
I tell no lies," said the butcher, with the same mild huskiness as before, "and I contradick none--not if a man was to swear himself black: he's no meat o' mine, nor none o' my bargains.
But the butcher, having music in his soul, had listened with a divided desire for Tookey's defeat and for the preservation of the peace.