Robin the Bobbin

Melody -

Robin the Bobbin, the big-bellied Ben,
He ate more meat than fourscore men;
He ate a cow, he ate a calf,
He ate a butcher and a half,
He ate a church, he ate a steeple,
He ate the priest and all the people!
  A cow and a calf,
An ox and a half,
A church and a steeple,
And all the good people,
And yet he complained
That his stomach wasn't full.

Popularly supposed to refer to the rapacious nature of King Henry VIII in seizing Church estates in the 2nd quarter of the 16th century; but may be connected with the great stomach capacity needed to devour a wren so large that a cart is needed to bring it home - see 'We will go to the wood, says Robin to Bobbin'.

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