In spite of its use in primary schools, "The Keeper" has not always been considered suitable material for the young. The earliest known version is a black-letter ballad of fifteen verses. The British Library holds a copy; dated 1670? and published at London, the catalogue entry reads: The Huntsman's Delight; or, the Forresters Pleasure. [A song.] By Joseph Martin.
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