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heaven to deliver me, and that the whole transaction seemed to be a chain of wonders; that such things as these were the testimonies we had of a secret hand of Providence governing the world, and an evidence that the
eyes Infinite Power could search in the remotest corner of the world and send help to the miserable whenever he pleased; and I forgot not to return thanks to God for all his mercies.
Finally, having left those who chose to remain in possession of all my property — excepting a few valuables, I went on board ship, in company with my man Friday. We weighed anchor the following morning, namely, the 19th of December, 1686. I arrived in England on the 11th of June, the ensuing year, - after an absence of twenty-eight years, two months, and fourteen days.
* This ballad is supposed to have been written about the year 1600. The words are, of course, the same as in the original: the orthography, however, has been modernised, in order to make it easily comprehensible to young readers.
† Legacy, money or property left (bequeathed) by persons who have died.
The one a fine and pretty boy,
Not passing three years old ;
And fram'd in beauty's mould.
As plainly doth appear, When he to perfect age
should come, Three hundred pounds a year; And to his little daughter Jane,
Five hundred pounds in gold, To be paid down on marriage-day,
Which might not be controll’d: But if the children chance to die Ere they of age
should come, Their uncle should possess their wealth ;
For so the will did run.
The parents being dead and gone,
The children home he takes,
Where much of them he makes.
A twelvemonth and a day,
To make them both away.
Who were of furious mood,
And slay them in a wood.
He would the children send
With one that was a friend,