"the ballad about the maid who went to the merry green wood"

Possibly a reference to this bawdy 17th century song:

 

Two Maidens Went Milking

Two maidens went milking one day

Two maidens went milking one day

And the wind it did blow high

And the wind it did blow low

And it toss-ed their pails to and fro, la, la, la

And it toss-ed their pails to and fro.

 

They met with a man they did know

They met with a man they did know

And they said, "Have you the will?

"And they said, "Have you the skill

For to catch us a small bird or two, la, la, la

For to catch us a small bird or two".

 

"Yes, I have an ex-cellent good skill

Yes, I have an ex-cellent good skill

If you'll come along with me

Un-der yonder flowering tree

I might catch you a small bird or two, la, la, la

I might catch you a small bird or two".

 

So they went and they sat 'neath a tree

So they went and they sat 'neath a tree

And the birds flew round about

Pret-ty birds flew in and out

And he caught them by one and by two, la, la, la

And he caught them by one and by two.

 

Now my boys, let us drink down the sun

Now my boys let us drink down the moon

Take your lady to the wood

If you really think you should

You might catch her a small bird or two, la, la, la

You might catch her a small bird or two.