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122                        HOOKHOPB RTDE.
or two sb'ght verbal improvements from the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ii. 101.
Rookhope stands in a pleasant place,
If the false thieves wad let it be, But away they steal our goods apace,
And ever an ill death may they dee !
And so is the men of Thirlwall and
Willie-
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haver,
And all their companies thereabout, That is minded to do mischief,
And at their stealing stands not out.
But yet we will not slander them all,
For there is of them good enow ;                       10
It is a sore consumed tree
That on it bears not one fresh bough.
Lord God! is not this a pitiful case,
That men dare not drive their goods to the fell, But limmer thieves drives them away,                  n
That fears neither heaven nor hell ?
5. Thirlwall, or Thirlitwall, is said by Fordun, the Scottish historian, to be a name given to the Picts' or Roman wall, from its having been thirled, or perforated, in ancient times, by the Scots and Picts.
Willie-haver, or Willeva, is a small district or township in the parish of Lanercost, near Bewcastledale, in Cumberland, mentioned in the ballad of Hobie Noble.Ritson.







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