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For ye must there in your hand bear a bow ready to draw,
And as a thief thus must ye live, ever in dread and awe,
By which to you great harm might grow, yet had I liefer then
That I had to the green wood go, alone, a banished man.”

“ I think not nay, but as ye say, it is no maiden's law,
But love may make me for your sake, as I have said before,
To come on foot, to hunt and shoot to get us meat in store,
For so that I your company may have, I ask no more;
From which to part, it maketh mine heart as cold as any stone,
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

“ For an outlaw this is the law, that men him take and bind
Without pity, hanged to be, and waver with the wind.
If I had need, as God forbid, what rescues could ye find ?
Forsooth I trow, you and your bow for fear would draw behind ;
And no marvel, for little avail were in your counsel than * ;
Wherefore I to the wood will go, alone, a banished man.”

“ Full well know ye that women be full feeble for to fight,
No womanhedet it is indeed to be bold as a knight;
Yet in such fear if that ye were, with enemies day or night,
I would withstand, with bow in hand, to grieve them as I might,
And you to save, as women have, from death many one;
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone."

- Yet take good heed for ever I drede ; that ye could not sustain
The thorny ways, the deep valleys, the snow, the frost, the rain,
The cold, the heat; for dry or weteg we must lodge on the plain ;
And us above none other rofe || but a brake bush or twain;
Which soon should grieve you, I believe, and ye would gladly than,
That I had to the green wood go, alone, a banished man.”

“ Sith I have here been partyneres with you of joy and bliss,
I must also part of your woe endure, as reason is ;
Yet am I sure of one pleasure; and, shortly, it is this,
That where ye be me seemeth, perdie, I could not fare amiss ;

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Without more speech, I you beseech, that we were soon agone;
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

“ If ye go thider *, ye must consider, when ye have lust to dine,
There shall no meat be for you get, nor drink, beer, ale, nor wine,
Nor sheetes clean to lie between, maden of thread and twine;
None other house, but leaves and boughs, to cover your head and mine:
Lo, mine heart sweet, this ill diet should make you pale and wan,
Wherefore I to the wood will go, alone, a banished man.”

“ Among the wild deer, such an archere, as men say that ye be,
Ne may not fail of good victaile, where is so great plenty,
And water clear, of the rivere, shall be full sweet to me,
With which in hele t, I shall righte wele endure, as ye shall see;
And, ere we go, a bed or two I can provide anon,
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone."

“Lo yet before, ye must do more, if ye will go with me,
As cut your hair up by your ear, your kirtle by your knee;
With bow in hand, for to withstand your enemies, if need be ;
And this same night, before daylight, to wood ward will 1 flee.
If that ye will all this fulfil, do it shortly as ye can,
Else will I to the green wood go, alone, a banished man.”

“ I shall as now, do more for you than 'longeth to womanhede,
To short my hair, a bow to bear, to shoot in time of need.
O my sweet mother, before all other, for you have I most drede ;
But now adieu! I must ensue where fortune doth me lead;
All this make ye; now let us flee, the day comes fast upon ;
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

“ Nay, nay, not so, ye shall not go, and I shall tell you why;
Your appetite is to be light of love, I well espy ;
For like as ye have said to me, in like wise hardely,
Ye would answere who so ever it were, in way of company.
It is said of old, soon hot soon cold, and so is a woman;
Wherefore I to the wood will go, alone, a banished man.”

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“ If ye take heed, it is no need such words to say by me,
For oft ye pray'd, and long essay'd, or I you loved, perdie;
And though that I of ancestry a baron's daughter be, .
Yet have you proved how I you loved, a squire of low degree,
And ever shall, whatso befall, to die therefore anon;
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

" A baron's child to be beguiled, it were a cursed deed;
To be fellow with an outlaw, Almighty God forbid :
Yet better were, the poor squier alone to forest yede*,
Than ye shall say, another day, that by my wicked deed
Ye were betrayed; wherefore, good maid, the best rede that I can
Is that I to the greenwood go, alone, a banished man.”

“ Whatever befall, I never shall of this thing you upbraid,
But if ye go, and leave me so, then have ye me betrayed ;
Remember you well, how that ye deal, for if ye, as ye said,
Be so unkind, to leave behind your love, the Nut-Brown Maid,
Trust me truly that I die soon after ye be gone,
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

“ If that ye went ye should repent, for in the forest now
I have purvey'd me of a maid, whom I love more than you.
Another fairer than ever ye were, I dare it well avow;
And of you both, each should be wroth with other, as I trow:
It were mine ease to live in peace; so will I if I can;
Wherefore I to the wood will go, alone, a banished man.”

“ Though in the wood I understood ye had a paramour,
All this may nought remove my thought, but that I will be your;
And she shall find me soft and kind, and courteous every hour,
Glad to fulfil all that she will command me to my power,
For had ye loot an hundred mo, yet would I be that one;
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

• Mine own dear love, I see the proof that ye be kind and true; Of maid and wife, in all my life, the best that ever I knew.

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Be merry and glad, be no more sad, the case is changed new;
For it were ruth, that, for your truth, you should have cause to rue
Be not dismayed, whatsoever I said to you when I began,
I will not to the green wood go, I am no banished man."

“ These tidings be more glad to me than to be made a queen,
If I were sure they should endure; but it is often seen,
When men will break promise, they speak the wordes on the spleen:
Ye shape some wile, me to beguile, and steal from me, I ween;
Then were the case worse than it was, and I more woe-begone;
For, in my mind, of all mankind, I love but you alone.”

“ Ye shall not need further to drede, I will not disparage
You, God defend, sith you descend of so great a lineage :
Now understand; to Westmoreland, which is my heritage,
I will you bring, and with a ring, by way of marriage,
I will ye take, and lady make, as shortly as I can ;
Thus have ye won an earle's son, and not a banished man."

Here may ye see, that women be, in love, meek, kind, and stable,
Let never man reprove them then, or call them variable;
But rather pray God that we may to them be comfortable,
Which sometime proveth such as loveth, if they be charitable: .
For sith men would that women should be meek to them each one,
Much more ought they to God obey, and serve but Him alone.


E. H. LOCKER. THE following graphic picture of “a true old English officer" was published in 1823, in The Plain Englishman,' – a little periodical work which was amongst the first to recognise the necessity of meeting the growing ability of the people to read, by improving and innoxious reading. The editor and publisher of Half-Hours' was associated in this endeavour with one of the worthiest of men, Mr. Edward Hawke Locker, who was then resident at Windsor, but subsequently filled the responsible and honourable posts, first of Secretary of Greenwich Hospital, and afterwards of Commissioner. Mr. Locker some few years ago retired from his official duties, under the pressure of severe illness, through which calamity his fine faculties and his energetic benevolence have ceased to be useful to his fellow-creatures.]

Hamlet. My father-methinks I see my father!
Horatio. O where, my Lord ?
Hamlet. In my mind's eye, Horatio ....

He was a man, take him all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.

Act 1. Scene 2. Two-and-twenty years have this day expired since the decease of my much-honoured father. The retrospect presents to me the lively image of this excellent man, and carries me back to a distant period, when I was a daily witness of his benevolence. It is natural that I should dwell with affection upon this portrait, and I cannot refuse myself the pleasure of thinking that it may interest my readers also. The earliest of my impressions represents him as coming to see my little sister and me, when we were but five or six years old, residing in an obscure village under the care of a maiden aunt. Nor should I, perhaps, have remembered the occasion, but for my taking a violent fancy to a rude sketch of a stag which he drew to amuse us on the fragment of one of our playthings. So whimsical are the records of our childish days! Only a few years before, he had the grievous misfortune to lose my mother in child-birth in the flower of her age, leaving him, with an infant family, almost heart-broken under this severe privation. I have often heard him say, that, but for our sakes, he would gladly have been then released; and, indeed, he had every prospect of soon following her. He had recently returned in ill health from Jamaica, and the violence of his grief so much augmented his malady, that the physicians at one time despaired of his recovery. A firm reliance upon the goodness of Providence, and the strength of a powerful constitution, carried him through all his sufferings. He was by nature of a cheerful disposition ; but though his spirits recovered with his health, the remembrance of his beloved wife, however mellowed by time, was indelibly expressed by the fondest affection. He never mentioned her name without a sigh, or handled any trifle which had once been hers, without betraying the yearnings of a wounded heart. He attached a sanctity to every thing allied to her memory. Her ornaments, her

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