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Title: The Babes in the Wood - One of R. Caldecott's Picture Books
Author: Caldecott, Randolph, 1846-1886 [Illustrator]
Language: English
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[Illustration: The BABES in the WOOD.
ONE OF R. CALDECOTT'S PICTURE BOOKS
Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd.]

_Printed in Great Britain_



THE BABES
IN THE WOOD

[Illustration: SORE SICKE THEY WERE AND LIKE TO DYE]



The BABES IN THE WOOD.


[Illustration]

    Now ponder well, you parents deare,
      These wordes which I shall write;
    A doleful story you shall heare,
      In time brought forth to light.

    A gentleman of good account
      In Norfolke dwelt of late.
    Who did in honour far surmount
      Most men of his estate.

    Sore sicke he was, and like to dye,
      No helpe his life could save;
    His wife by him as sicke did lye,
      And both possest one grave.

[Illustration]

    No love between these two was lost,
      Each was to other kinde;
    In love they liv'd, in love they dyed,
      And left two babes behinde:

    The one a fine and pretty boy,
      Not passing three yeares olde;
    The other a girl more young than he
      And fram'd in beautye's molde.

    The father left his little son,
      As plainlye doth appeare,
    When he to perfect age should come
      Three hundred poundes a yeare.

    And to his little daughter Jane
      Five hundred poundes in gold,
    To be paid downe on marriage-day,
      Which might not be controll'd:

[Illustration]

    But if the children chanced to dye,
      Ere they to age should come,
    Their uncle should possesse their wealth;
      For so the wille did run.

[Illustration: NOW, BROTHER, said the dying man, LOOK TO MY CHILDREN
DEARE.]

    "Now, brother," said the dying man,
      "Look to my children deare;
    Be good unto my boy and girl,
      No friendes else have they here:

    "To God and you I do commend
      My children deare this daye;
    But little while be sure we have
      Within this world to staye.

    "You must be father and mother both,
      And uncle all in one;
    God knowes what will become of them,
      When I am dead and gone."

[Illustration]

    With that bespake their mother deare:
      "O brother kinde," quoth shee,
    You are the man must bring our babes
      To wealth or miserie:

[Illustration]

[Illustration]

    "And if you keep them carefully,
      Then God will you reward;
    But if you otherwise should deal,
      God will your deedes regard."

[Illustration: WITH LIPPES AS COLD AS ANY STONE, THEY KIST THE CHILDREN
SMALL]

    With lippes as cold as any stone.
      They kist the children small:
    'God bless you both, my children deare;'
      With that the teares did fall.

[Illustration]

[Illustration]

    These speeches then their brother spake
      To this sicke couple there:
    "The keeping of your little ones,
      Sweet sister, do not feare:

    "God never prosper me nor mine,
      Nor aught else that I have,
    If I do wrong your children deare,
      When you are layd in grave."

[Illustration]

[Illustration: THEIR PARENTS BEING DEAD & GONE, THE CHILDREN HOME HE
TAKES.]

    The parents being dead and gone,
      The children home he takes,
    And bringes them straite unto his house,
      Where much of them he makes.

[Illustration]

[Illustration]

    He had not kept these pretty babes
      A twelvemonth and a daye,
    But, for their wealth, he did devise
      To make them both awaye.

    He bargain'd with two ruffians strong,
      Which were of furious mood,
    That they should take the children young,
      And slaye them in a wood.

[Illustration]

    He told his wife an artful tale,
      He would the children send
    To be brought up in faire London,
      With one that was his friend.

[Illustration]

    Away then went those pretty babes,
      Rejoycing at that tide,
    Rejoycing with a merry minde,
      They should on cock-horse ride.

[Illustration: AWAY THEN WENT THE PRETTY BABES REJOYCING AT THAT TIDE]

[Illustration]

    They prate and prattle pleasantly
      As they rode on the waye,
    To those that should their butchers be,
      And work their lives' decaye:

    So that the pretty speeche they had,
      Made murderers' heart relent:
    And they that undertooke 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.

[Illustration]

    The other would not agree thereto,
      So here they fell to strife;
    With one another they did fight,
      About the children's life:

[Illustration]

    And he that was of mildest mood,
      Did slaye the other there,
    Within an unfrequented wood,
      Where babes did quake for feare!

[Illustration: AND HE THAT WAS OF MILDEST MOOD DID SLAYE THE OTHER
THERE]

[Illustration]

    He took the children by the hand,
      While teares stood in their eye,
    And bade them come and go with him,
      And look they did not crye:

    And two long miles he ledd them on,
      While they for food complaine:
    "Stay here," quoth he, "I'll bring ye bread,
      When I come back againe."

[Illustration]

    These prettye babes, with hand in hand,
      Went wandering up and downe;

[Illustration]

    But never more they sawe the man
    Approaching from the town.

[Illustration]

[Illustration]

    Their prettye lippes with blackberries
      Were all besmear'd and dyed;
    And when they sawe the darksome night,
      They sat them downe and cryed.

[Illustration]

    Thus wandered these two prettye babes,
      Till death did end their grief;
    In one another's armes they dyed,
      As babes wanting relief.

    No burial these prettye babes
      Of any man receives,

[Illustration]

    Till Robin-redbreast painfully
      Did cover them with leaves.

[Illustration: IN ONE ANOTHER'S ARMS THEY DYED.]



Randolph Caldecott's Picture Books


[Illustration]

     "The humour of Randolph Caldecott's drawings is simply
     irresistible, no healthy-minded man, woman, or child could look
     at them without laughing."

_In square crown 4to, picture covers, with numerous coloured plates._

1 John Gilpin
2 The House that Jack Built
3 The Babes in the Wood
4 The Mad Dog
5 Three Jovial Huntsmen
6 Sing a Song for Sixpence
7 The Queen of Hearts
8 The Farmer's Boy
9 The Milkmaid
10 Hey-Diddle-Diddle and Baby Bunting
11 A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go
12 The Fox Jumps over the Parson's Gate
13 Come Lasses and Lads
14 Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross, &c.
15 Mrs. Mary Blaize
16 The Great Panjandrum Himself

_The above selections are also issued in Four Volumes, square crown 4to,
attractive binding, red edges. Each containing four different books,
with their Coloured Pictures and innumerable Outline Sketches._

1 R. Caldecott's Picture Book No. 1
2 R. Caldecott's Picture Book No. 2
3 Hey-Diddle-Diddle-Picture Book
4 The Panjandrum Picture Book

_And also_

_In Two Volumes, handsomely bound in cloth gilt, each containing eight
different books, with their Coloured Pictures and numerous Outline
Sketches._

R. Caldecott's Collection of Pictures and Songs No. 1

R. Caldecott's Collection of Pictures and Songs No. 2


Miniature Editions, _size 5½ by 4½ Art Boards, flat back._

TWO VOLUMES

ENTITLED

R. CALDECOTT'S PICTURE BOOKS Nos. 1 and 2.

_Each containing coloured plates and numerous Outline Sketches in the
text._


_Crown 4to, picture covers._

Randolph Caldecott's Painting Books. Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4.

_Each with Outline Pictures to Paint, and Coloured Examples._

_Oblong 4to, cloth._

A Sketch Book of R. Caldecott's.

_Containing numerous sketches in Colour and black and white_


Frederick Warne & Co... Ltd
LONDON. & NEW YORK.

The Published Prices of the above Picture Books can be obtained of all
Booksellers or from the Illustrated Catalogue of the Publisher

PRINTED AND COPYRIGHTED BY EDMUND EVANS, LTD., ROSE PLACE, GLOBE ROAD,
LONDON, E.1.





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