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 Robin Redbreast.Robin of Bagshot. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Robin and Ma’kyne (2 syl.).
An ancient Scottish pastoral. Robin is a shepherd for whom Makyne sighs. She goes to him and tells her love, but Robin turns a deaf ear, and the damsel goes home to weep. After a time the tables are turned, and Robin goes to Makyne to plead for her heart and hand; but the damsel replies—   1
“The man that will not when he may
Sall have nocht when he wald.”
Percy: Reliques, etc., series ii.

 Robin Redbreast.Robin of Bagshot. 


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