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The Highwayman Revisited (Tale 28)

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John Yaws
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(With all due respect to Alfred Noyes, to whom the Highwayman belongs, and to the anonymous author of the old Irish ballad, "Brennan on the Moor)

Cool, the evening shadows…
Which fall across the moor.
The breeze begins to freshen,
And to swing the old inn door.
And as the moon is rising-
I see the maiden’s form…..
Aye, she’s sittin’ in the window-
As she often sat before.
‘er features rather ghostly,
But she is a maiden fair…
That is a dark red love knot-
Which she braids wi’in ‘er ‘air.
I’m sure ye ken the story,
Of Bess, an’ ‘ow she died…
An’ the ‘ighwayman, ‘er lover-
Wha’ they buried at ‘er side.
‘ow the ‘ostler did betray them-
From jealousy, ‘tis said…
An’ of ‘ow the story ended-
The both o’ them were dead.
The inn’s been long deserted,
An’ Tim the ‘ostler dead.
Slain by sweet Bess’s father-
From all accounts I’ve read.
Yet still they meet each evenin’
An’ still their plans are made…
Of ridin’ off together-
Jus’ after ‘is next raid.
‘is name were Willie Brennan.
The fact is little known.
‘e were my boon companion-
Down a many path we’ve gone.
They wrote the song aboot ‘im-
I’m sure ye’ve ‘eard before.
The ‘alf ‘as not been told I fear-
O’ Brennan on the Moor.
Ah, bu’ that’s another story-
Me tea is growin’ stale…
‘Tis another day tomorrow-
An’ another Traveler’s Tale.

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Poet deVine
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Very good..you do the Irish brogue quite nicely for a Cowboy!  
Denise
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Another captivating tale!! I've got my cup of tea ready for the next one!!

Denise
 
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