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 Mahu.Maid of Athens, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Maid Ma’rian.
 
A morris dance, or the boy in the morris dance, called Mad Morion, from the “morion” which he wore on his head. (See MORRIS DANCE.) Maid Marian is a corruption first of the words, and then of the sex. Having got the words Maid Marian, etymologists have puzzled out a suitable character in Matilda, the daughter of Fitz-Walter, baron of Bayard and Dunmow, who eloped with Robert Fitz-Ooth, the outlaw, and lived with him in Sherwood Forest. Some refine upon this tale, and affirm that Matilda was married to the outlaw (commonly called Robin Hood) by Friar Tuck.   1
        “A set of morrice dancers danced a maidmarian with a tabor and pipe.”—Temple.
       
“Next ’tis agreed
That fair Matilda henceforth change her name,
And while [she lives] in Shirewodde …
She by maid Marian’s name be only called.”
       
Downfall of Robert; Earl of Huntingdon.
 


 Mahu.Maid of Athens, 

 
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