Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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134          THE CH1LDKEN IN THE "WOOD.
Yea, fearfull fiends did haunt his house,
His conscience felt an hell; His barnes were fiVd, his goodes consum'd,
His landes were barren made, His cattle dyed within the field,                   
And nothing with him stayd.
And in the voyage of Portugal
Two of his sonnes did dye ; And to conclude, himselfe was brought
To want and miserye:                                i*>
He pawn'd and mortgaged all his land
Ere seven years came about, And now at length this wicked act
Did by this meanes come out:
The fellowe, that did take in hand                   us
These children for to kill, "Was for a robbery judg'd to dye, , Such was God's blessed will: Who did confess the very truth,
As here hath been display'd :                        iso
Their uncle having dyed in gaol,
Where he for debt was layd.
You that executors be made, And overseers eke
137. " A. D. 1588. Dr. Percy, not knowing that the text alludes to a particular event, has altered it to a voyage to Portugal." Eitson.