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Group Title: babes in the wood. state 1
Title: The babes in the wood
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 Material Information
Title: The babes in the wood
Series Title: Mary Bell's series
Uniform Title: Children in the wood (Ballad)
Alternate Title: Children in the wood
Physical Description: 10 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Thomson, Peter G ( Peter Gibson ), 1851-1931 ( Publisher )
Publisher: Peter G. Thomson
Place of Publication: Cincinnati O.
Publication Date: [1890?]
 Subjects
Subject: Children's poetry -- 1890
Publishers' advertisements -- 1890
Bldn -- 1890
Genre: Children's poetry
Publishers' advertisements
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Ohio -- Cincinnati
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General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Text printed on inside covers.
General Note: Running title: The Children in the wood.
General Note: Includes publisher's advertisement.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080021
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001807008
oclc - 10602079
notis - AJN0846

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    The children in the wood
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CHILDREN IN THE WOOD,



I.
Now ponder well, you parents dear,
These words which I shall write;
A doleful story you shall hear,
In time brought forth to light.
A gentleman of good account
In Norfolk dwelt of late,
S' Who did in honour far surmount
Most men of his estate.

II.


Sore& sick he was, and like to die,
No help his. life could save;
His-wife by him as. sick did lie,
And both possessed one grave.
No love between these two was lost,
Each was to other kind;
In love they lived, in love they dibd;
And left two babes I, hiM~.

III.
The one, a fine and pretty boy,
Not passing three years old;
The other, a girl more young than he,
-'And framed in. beauty's mold.
The father left his little son,
As plainly doth appear,
When he to perfect age should come,
Three hundred pounds a year.


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And to his little daughter Jane,
.1i.-- h!ii l ..-,l pounds in gold,
To.-be 1I..'i down on her marriage-day,
Which .might not be controlled;
But if the- children chanced to die,
Ere they to age should come,
Their uncle should possess their wealth;
For so the will did run.


V.
"Now, brother," said the dying man,
"Look to my children dear;
Be g.-i-..1 "ait., my boy and girl,
No friends else have they here :
To God and you I recommend
My children dear this day;
But little while be sure we have
Within this world to stay.


VI.
"You must be father and mother both,
And uncle, all in one;
God knows what will become of them,
When I am dead and gone."
With that bespake their mother dear:
"O brother kind," quoth she,
"You are the man must bring our babes
To wealth or misery.


VII.
"And if you keep them carefully,
Then God will-you reward; .
But if you otherwise should deal,'
God will your deeds regard."
With lips as cold as any stone,
They kissed their children small:
God bless you both, my children dear;"
With that their tears did fall.


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VIII.
These speeches then their brother spake ,'
To this sick. couple there :
"The keeping of your little ones,
Sweet sister, do not fear.
God never prosper me nor mine,
Nor aught else that I have,
If I do wrong your children dear
When you are laid in grave."


IX.
The parents being dead and gone,
The children homehe takes,
And brings them straight -ii': his house,
Where much of them he makes.
He had not kept these pretty babes
A twelvemonth and a day,
But, for their wealth, he did devise
To make them both away.


X.
He bargained with two ruffians str..lg..
Which were of furious mood,
That they should take these children v-,:ut u
And slay them in a wood.
He told his wife an artful tale:
He would the children send
To be brought up iji fair London,
With one that was his friend.


XI.
way then went those pretty babes, :;.
Rejoicing at that tide,
Rejoicing with a merry mind,
They should on cock-horse ride.
They prate and prattle pleasantly,
As they rode on the way,
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XII.
So that the pretty speech they had,
Made murder's heart relent:
And they that undertook the deed,
Full sore did now repent.
Yet one of them, more hard of heart,
Did vow to do his charge,
Because the wretch that hired him
Had paid him very large.


XIII.
'The other won't agree thereto,
So here they fall to strife;.
With one another they did fight
About the children's life;
And he that was of mildest mood,
Did slay the other there,
Within an unfrequented wood:
The babes did quake for fear!


XIV.
He took the children by the hand,
Tears standing in their eye,
And bade them straightway follow him,
And look they did not cry;
And two long miles he led them on,
While they for food complain:
"'Stay here," quoth he, "I'll bring you bread,
When I come back again."


XV.
These pretty babes, with hand in hand,
Went wandering up and down;
But never more could see the man
Approaching from the town,:
Their pretty lips with blackberries,
Were all besmeared and dyed,
And when they saw the darksome night,
They sat them down and cried.




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XVI.
Thus wandered these poor innocents
Till death did end, their grief,
In one another's arms they died,
As wanting due relief:
No burial this pretty pair
Of any man receives,
Till Robin Redbreast piously
Did cover them with leaves.


XVII.
And now the heavy wrath of God
Upon their uncle fell;
Yea, fearful fiends.did haunt his house,
His conscience felt an hell:
His barns were fired, his goods consumed,
His lands were barren made,
His cattle died within the field,
And nothing with him stayed.


XVIII.
And in the voyage to Portugal
Two of his sons did die;
And to conclude, himself was brought
STo want and misery.
He pawned and mortgaged all his land
Ere seven years came about;
And now at length this wicked .act
Did. by this means come out:


XIX.
The fellow that did take in hand
These children for to kill,
Was for a robbery judged to die,
Such was God's blessed will.
Who did confess the very truth,
As here hath been displayed:
Their nncle having died in jail,
Where he for debt was laid.



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