The aria isn't about Robin Hood; it just occurs in an operetta about him. Some of his merry men sing this ditty about a hapless tailor who tries to kill a crow with a crossbow. Here's a bit more about it: https://lateralcut.wordpress.com/category/operetta/epigramophone wrote: ↑Tue Jan 31, 2023 4:17 amAccording to legend, Robin Hood used a longbow. It was William Tell who used a crossbow.
By the by, I was fortunate to hear one of the rare modern productions of Robin Hood, and it's a good show.