• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. poure, povre (Fr. pauvre)—L. pauper, poor.


In literature:

It was poor Robin Tips, struggling for life.
"The Eagle Cliff" by R.M. Ballantyne
Poor Robin Crusoe he called him, when he came home again after sailing round the island.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
And we shall have snow, And what will poor Robin do then?
"Harry's Ladder to Learning" by Anonymous
Poor Robin will be so unhappy.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The poor robin revived, and for a time was one of his pets.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
What can poor Blanche do, Robin?
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
Jolly Robin often complained about the wailing of Willie Whip-poor-will.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
They stayed with these poor people, who found room for them somehow, out of sheer charity, for neither Robin nor the dame had any money.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Poor Robin, what is to become of thee?
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
But oh, my dear, I understand how the poor mother robin feels just before she shoves her babies out of the nest!
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott

In poetry:

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the robin do then,
Poor thing?
"The North Wind Doth Blow" by Anonymous British
Robin looked at the town and land
And the church-yard where it lay;
And poor Will Scarlet kissed his hand,
And turned his head away.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
And Robin thought too of the poor,
How they toiled without their share,
And how the alms at the abbey-door
But kept them as they were:
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
It is to hear the robin trill
At morning, or the whip-poor-will
At dusk, when stars are blossoming--
To hear her sing--to hear her sing!
"To Hear Her Sing" by James Whitcomb Riley
I hear the whispering voice of Spring,
The thrush's trill, the robin's cry,
Like some poor bird with prisoned wing
That sits and sings, but longs to fly.
"Spring Has Come" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I tells meself that beauty ain't a thing to count with man,
An' I would never choose a wife on that unthinkin' plan.
No robin was awake, I swear; but still I heard that strain;
"Dear, it's a pity that poor Jenny is so plain."
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

She notes that the film doesn't tell the Robin Hood lore, the story of a noble outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor, instead being more of a prequel.
Robin Hood' found guilty of bilking OHIP to feed poor.
Robin Hood ' found guilty of bilking OHIP to feed poor.
New state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says when it comes to income taxes, Wisconsin is "one of the best places in the country to be poor" but "top 4 or 5 worst" for middle-income earners.
IT'S ROBIN HOOD , for chrissakes—dude has a bow and arrow, he takes from the rich and gives to the poor, the end.
Is it a desire to be a contemporary Robin Hood, to steal from the rich and give to the poor, and to fix the system in a way that it can't seem fix itself.
Why, where is the modern day Robin Hood to come and take from the rich to give to the "poor".
An anti-Nydia Velazquez PAC popped another attack vid against the 20-year incumbent, this one a kiddie-themed slam calling her a "Robin Hud" who takes from the poor and gives to Wall Street fat cats.