Was walking along the highway.
«What news? What news, thou silly old man?
What news, I do thee pray?»
Said he, Three squires in Nottingham town
Are condemned to die this day
The firs loud blast that he did blow,
He blew both loud and shrill;
A hundred and fifty of Robin Hood’s men
Came riding over the hill.
The next loud blast that he did give,
He blew both loud and amain,
And quickly sixty of Robin Hoods’s men
Came shining over the plain.
«O who are yon», the sheriff he said,
«Come tripping over the lee?»
«Th’re my attendants», brave Robin did say,
«They’ll pay a visit to thee».
They took the gallows from the slack,
They set it in the glen,
They hanged the proud sheriff on that,
Released their own three men.
P1: It does seem, though, that Mother Goose got her start in France. A French
book published in 1650 refers to a story «Like a Mother Goose story». And in 1697
Charles Perrault published a book of nursery tales, including «Little Red Riding
Hood», «Cinderella» and «Sleeping Beauty». Perrault’s tales were translated into
English, and Mother Goose was on her way to fame.
P 2: Still later, around 1719, a woman named Elizabeth Goose who lived in
Boston helped lull her grandchildren to sleep by reciting rhymes and singing songs.
Her son-in-law, a printer, supposedly published these rhymes in a little book called
«Songs for the Nursery, or Mother Goose’s Melodies”.
P 1: Right now we’ll show you our favourite fairy tale «Cinderella»!
P 2: Well. Our tour of the land of the English folklore is over. We hope you
P 1: We enjoyed travelling with you! And one more thing.
P 1: Best wishes for the New Year!
P 2: Merry Christmas
P1: And we are ending our show with ab old Scottish tune, a favourite with
fans of old goodies, «For Auld Lang Syne». By the way, you know what it means,