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.
- LudwigLv 61 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)
- TinaLv 73 months ago
It's a meaningless refrain, repeated three times in the ballad when Robin Hood is travelling.
- PhilLv 63 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.
- LizLv 53 months ago
Never heard it but it could mean he was down a man and had lost time. Sorry Idk.
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- BobLv 53 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.
- DzeLv 73 months ago
the three squirrels huh lol .. havent heard of that one ..