The Legend of Robin Hood
- a poem for kids
Pin back your ears and listen

To this famous tale of a brave outlaw

Who loved stealing gold from England’s rich,

And giving it out to England’s poor.

The famous legend of Robin Hood!

Fabulous tales, passed through the ages.

Here are some of the stories

Set down for you now in these pages.
One day Robin was in the woods

With his bow and quiver.

He shot a bird to cook for his lunch

Then headed home across the river.

On the old bridge stood a huge man

“Little John” was his name.

He would not let Robin cross

He wanted to play a game.

They fought each other with big sticks

And Robin fell into the stream.

John helped him out of the water

And said with a smile “We’d make a great team!”

Robin Hood gladly agreed

And they went off as a pair,

Robin Hood with his bow and arrow

And Little John, strong as a bear.

Over the years others joined them,

In the forest they made their den.

Will Scarlett, Much, Alan A’Dale,

Robin called them his merry men.

One day a coach came through the forest

And the men saw a chance for some fun!

They shouted “We’re outlaws - give us your gold!”

And a boy jumped out and started to run!

Robin gave chase and caught him

Pulling off the boy’s hat.

Robin realized it wasn’t a boy,

But a GIRL, and a pretty one at that!

Her name was Maid Marion

She put up quite a fight.

Robin thought she was great

It was love at first sight.

“I like your attitude” said Robin,

“You’ve got style and sass.

I want you to join me and my men

And be my merry lass!”

Marian and Robin went to get married

But the Bishop said “not on your nelly!

A ratbag like you can’t come to my church

You’re common and dirty and smelly.”

On the way home they met a monk

Standing by a stream.

He said “You shall not pass!”

Another challenge it would seem.

His name was Friar Tuck

And he asked them a riddle or two.

Of course Robin got the answers right

He laughed, “I’m smarter than you!”

So Tuck carried Robin across the stream

But dropped him, and Robin got wet.

Marion laughed and said that the monk

Was the merriest man yet.

And Robin had had a good idea

While he was being carried.

This monk could perform the wedding

So Robin and Marian were married.

And though it’s now time to leave our new friends

Fear not, it's not the end of their story

As long as folk love to read a good tale

The name “Robin Hood” shall echo in glory!