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Song of Robin Hood's Men.
THE Song of ROBIN HOOD'S WEN .
He need not doubt the gold is safe,
In better keeping now:
And smooth the careworn brow; Part in our treasure-chest is laid
At foot of yonder tree, With plenty more, a goodly store,
All ta'en from such as he
Oh! happy is the life we lead
In Sherwood's sylvan bowers, And statelier far her oak-trees are
Than Woodstock's lordly towers ;
The king may rule and reign,
The song goes round again.
Around the monarch's bed-
And tears sincere are shed.
And hallowed tapers burn-
Low couched in forest fern.
We envy not the sculptured roof,
And high embattled walls,
A roof that never falls :
The bolt that fires the tower,
But mocks the tyrant's power.
HE moon, half hid in rolling clouds,
No more illumes the sky:
The night wind wanders by ;
For birds of night are we,
Under the greenwood tree.
The shadows deepen round :
Their songs no more resound ;
And loud our horns do blow :
And forth a-hunting go.
Our feet in leathern shoon,
In the clear October moon;
Have made us hale and strong :
We lightly bound along.
Heavy and dank and brown,
Come slowly fluttering down;
The summer blossoms fall,
Is deepening over all.
Their spectral shadows throw,
And into hiding go:
We watch the deer go by,
The unerring arrows fly.
Methinks their tale is true,
Do range the forests through:
Who scorn King Henry's rule,
And pile the logs at Yule.
With Robin for a king ?
Whose praise the thorps-men sing :
And William of Cloudeslie-
Come hither to be free.
Good cause to fear us find :
We love a liberal mind.
The orphan's hand with bread,
The starveling clothed and fed.
How her good Sheriff fared,
An outlaw's supper shared :
He left the same to pay :
And tired of rest are they.
Fair is our home when primrose buds
Are peeping in the dells, When in the fields the cowslip yields
The scent of nodding bells : But fairer still the woods appear
When dawns the laughing May, The hawthorn throws her living snows
About the branches grey.
When summer suns with fiery heat
Oppress the stifling town,
We love to lay us down :
Goes babbling down the glade,
Their noontide serenade.
September brings the ripening fruit,
And tips the leaves with gold : The wild flowers fall, and tell to all
The year is growing old ;
And o'er the rushy fen
Bewildered, wandering men,
And when the woods are white with snow,
And skies are cold and clear,
The curfew of the year,
Our frozen limbs we lay :
And drive dull care away.
A merry life it is we lead,
None can with it compare,
An outlaw's meal to share,
Well feasted he shall be,
HORACE G, GROSER.
OUR PRIZE JWARDS.
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PET ANIMALS. similar kind which we have received, YOUNG ENGLAND is as popular abroad as it is in this country. John W—, In- In the SENIOR Division we have awarded the Prize to ÉLIZE
ANNIE TAYLOR (19), 10, Tenter Street South, Goodman's vercargill, New Zealand, writes thus :
Fields, E. “DEAR SIR,-I must let you know how much I like CERTIFICATES have been gained by JAMES Blossom (Sheffield); YOUNG ENGLAND. I am very pleased with it—highly de. Ada C. JEFFREY (Cheltenham); and Kate DODD (Willenhall). lighted. I wish you every success, and hope to see your We HONOURABLY MENTION MARY LEWIS and LUCY E. magazine get better and more popular every day.”
RATCLIFFE. W. F. The reason why your name did not appear in In the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION the PRIZE has been won by the PRIZE AWARDS was probably because it arrived too late; ERNEST Louis HOLLOWAY (157), 26, Harvest Road, Tollington for we are under the impression that there were no rejected Road, N. papers in the Senior Division that month.
We award CERTIFICATE to KATE WELLINGS (Croydon). A READER.-1. Yes. We have had fresh illustrated handbills
We HONOURABLY MENTION EVELYN A. BUCKENHAM, T. N. prepared, of various kinds, and all illustrated, bearing a short KELYNACK. summary of the principal articles arranged for in the new
In the JUNIOR Division the Prize is gained by ALEIDA A. volume which commenced in October. 2. If you did not VAN DER MEULEN, Sussex House, Graham Road, Dalston. receive the prospectuses you wrote for, why did you not let We award CERTIFICATE to HOWARD MOSELEY (Nunhead).
us know? J. E. (Peckham).- We cannot undertake to return MSS. for
HYMN FOR HARVEST THANKSGIVING. which stamps have not been enclosed. METEOROLOGIST.-A hurricane, in the strict sense of the word, In the SENIOR DIVISION We are pleased to be able to announce
is a wind that moves with a velocity of eighty miles per a marked improvement in the style of the compositions sent hour: this is not, however, an onward movement, but a rotatory in. We congratulate the writers on the merits of their verse. one ; the progress which a hurricane usually makes from one The PRIZE has been won by CHARLES AUGUSTUS COOPER (20),
district to another is only about fifteen miles an hour. 125. Richmond Road, Hackney. M. L. writes as follows:-“Dear Sir,--I am trying my best CERTIFICATES have been well earned by PATTIE E. VARNAM
to obtain new subscribers to your highly interesting and (Leicester); ELEANOR E. ARCHER (Leamington); CHARLES instructive magazine. I find the leaflets answer much WHEELER (Chesham); BLANCHE DEANE (Uxbridge) ; ADA C. better than a mere recommendation of YOUNG ENGLAND, JEFFREY (Cheltenbam). they are so extremely bright and captivating. YOUNG ENG- We HONOURABLY MENTION Louisa S. FLEETWOOD, FREDERICK LAND only needs to be seen: praise quickly follows. Its Ward, Nathan BARBER, John H. GREENWOOD, ALFRED J. reputation as the best magazine for young people in preva- BARNARD. lent among all who have seen it and to whom I have shown In the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION we have awarded the PRIZE it. With many good wishes for continued prosperity,– to WILLIAM F. TUPMAN, 139, East Street, Bedminster, Bristol. Believe me, &c. &c."
CERTIFICATES are gained by JAMES E. ARCHIBALD (Alston); AN INQUIRER. -1. The meaning of the verse is that we ought Aug. H. SCALES (Brompton); EDITH HELENA COOKE (New.
not to grumble or fret because of present untoward circum- castle), J. W. VERRIER (Taunton). stances, but ought to meet trouble and good fortune, as far We HONOURABLY MENTION T. N. KELYNACK, J. W. ASHTON. as possible, with equal cheerfulness and composure. It The Prize in the JUNIOR DIVISION is gained by C. MAUD certainly does not mean that we are to rest content with our BATTERSBY, Cromlyn, Rathowen, co. Westmeath, Ireland. religious state; otherwise, all aspiration and efforts at self- We have awarded a CERTIFICATE to AGNES ARCHIBALD improvement, and all longings after a purer and holier life, (Alston). would be useless and wrong. 2. We are unable to answer your question here in full, it being a broad and many-sided question. We would refer you to John x. 30, and xiv. MY IDEA OF A SUMMER DAY'S ENJOYMENT. 8-11.
In the SENIOR DIVISION we have awarded the PRIZE to PATIENCE. We are very sorry that we bave not been able to GEORGE ARVELEY (20), Westfields, Harbury, Leamington.
answer your query before, but as our Magazine has neces- CERTIFICATES are gained by ELEANOR E. ARCHER (Leamingsarily to be printed rather in advance, questions often ton); PATTIE VARNAM (Leicester); HUGH W. STRONG (Liskeard); arrive too late to be answered in the current number. You ARTHUR CHRIMES (Peckham); ALICE M. AUSTEN (Reading); will find all the particulars you want in a series of articles ALICE E. HERITAGE (Coventry). which appeared in Young ENGLAND commencing with Part We HONOURABLY MENTION JAMES BLOSSOM, LUCY E. Rat. 52 (24th December, 1880), entitled “All about the Magic CLIFFE, MARY LEWIS, CHARLES CARTER, ALICE H. Bacot, Lantern."
FREDERICK WARD, A. E. RUSSELL. We have received from a reader in Cheltenham the following In the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION we assign the PRIZE to ETHEL appreciative letter :
MAUDE JEFFREY (164), Leamington House, Pittville, CheltenMY DEAR SIR,— Will you kindly forward me some prospec. ham. tuses? I shall have great pleasure in trying to obtain a few CERTIFICATES have been gained by ANNIE E. POTTER (Cogges. subscribers for the new volume. The list of subjects pub- hall); ELIZABETH LAKE (Surbiton); AUG. H. SCALES lished in the September part is a splendid one, and ought to (Brompton). absorb the attention of all your readers; whilst reading that We HONOURABLY MENTION H. S. MILLER, MARSHALL LANG, list I saw in the dim future many an intellectual feast. I CHARLES W. SHORNEY. am most thankful to find that you have a good array of such In the JUNIOR DIVISION we have much pleasure in awarding subjects as “Your Own Bible and How to Read it," "The the prize – a well-earned one-to HARRY WILLIAMS SMITH Great Victories of Bible Days,” “Eccentricities of Genius," (13), Toronto Cottage, Bredgar, Kent. “Other Boys,” “Kings and Queens of Thought and Action,” We HONOURABLY MENTION ALEXANDER HAYTHORPE, ROBERT “Missionary Perils,” &c. These are brilliant topics, and the W. COLE, WILLIAM A. WARNE, ALEIDA VAN DER MEULEN. more we can have of them, the better for our youthful minds; they come to us with a powerful influence, they cause us to think, and give us most valuable information.
HARVEST HOME. spiritual , moral, and intellectual welfare, —1 Pemain, IN the SENIOR Division we award the Prize to Hugh W.
STRONG (20), Fore-street, Liskeard, Cornwall. &c."
ANNIE PAULIG (New Malden)
gains a CERTIFICATE, ANNIE STEPTO.-You will notice that we have entertained We HONOURABLY MENTION EDWARD C. DODWELL, JAMES your suggestion.
BLOSSOM, and Tom B. BENFIELD.
(E. L. H.); “A Psalm of Death" (J; E. A.); “Faith and F. TUPMAN (164), 139, East-street, Bedminster, Bristol.
We HONOURABINY MENTION FLORENCE STEELE
OUR PIONEER COLUMN.
The PRIZE in the JUNIOR DIVISION is gained by ROBERT W. HUTTON (10), 10, Tenter Street South, Goodman's Fields, E.
We are sorry to have to say that neglect of the Rules laid down has disqualified two very fair papers, one by ARTHUR CHRIMES (Peckham), which exceeded the prescribed limits by 260 words, a most unfortunate oversight, and the other by
N consideration of the help which we have been favoured FREDERICK ROBINS (Ilfracombe), whose composition was only seventeen words too much. We are exceedingly sorry to have
space each month for what will in future be known as to exclude the two MSS, on this account, but it will show our readers how needful it is to count the words in their papers
OUR PIONEER COLUMN. before sending them in for competition.
In it will appear the names of those readers of our Magazine HUMOROUS ACCOUNT OF A SCHOOL PRIZE who are willing to render us voluntary assistance in making GIVING.
YOUNG ENGLAND more widely known, both in their own neigh
bourhoods and elsewhere. We have had a large number of this competition we have been much disappointed ; the illustrated prospectuses prepared, and a packet of these may
merit of most of the papers sent in being far below the be had, post free, at any time, if our readers will forward us average.. Offering, as it did, such scope for lively description their names and addresses. These attractive leaflets, given and original humour, we reckoned on receiving a far more
away with a word or two of recommendation, will go far spirited response. Midsummer holidays and sea breezes were, towards promoting the interests of our already popular Magahowever, the probable cause of this deterioration, our readers zine. The Editor invites his readers, young and old, to combeing anxious to forget in present enjoyment the memories of municate with him on the subject; all letters will be sure to schools and school-days.
receive prompt attention. A closer bond of union will thus be In the SENIOR Division, the PRIZE is awarded to ARTHUR formed between him and the boys and girls who have made E. BRACKENBURY (18), 44, Doughty-street, W.
YOUNG ENGLAND their own Magazine.
Last month we published a short list of readers who had
The following may now Bacot, ROGER C. MACPHERSON. In the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION We HONOURABLY MENTION
be added to the number :PERCY F. THOMAS.
Frederick Robins, High-street, Ilfracombe. THE POET I LIKE BEST, AND WHY.
Clara Carlisle, Cranberry-terrace, Southampton. E heartily congratulate our readers on the productions of
Evelyn Ratcliffe, Eton Villa, Blandford, Dorset.
Albert E. Dangerfield, South Western-terrace, Cheltenham, was no easy task to decide which was the best. We have
Annie Paulig, Devonshire Villa, New Malden. awarded the PRIZE in the SENIOR DIVISION to PATTIE E.
William Marshall, Firgrove, Cotlands-road, Bournemouth. VaRxam (19), Thornton, Leicester.
Ross Houston, Duke-street, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland. High COMMENDATION is also due to the following, who have
H. J. Forshaw, Alder-street, Lime-grove, Seaforth, near won CERTIFICATES-Hugh W. STRONG (Liskeard, Cornwall),
Liverpool GORDON GRAY (Huntly, Aberdeen), EDITH E. SAYERS (Lewis
Arthur Dorling, Knighton Villas, Buckhurst-hill. ham), SPARKHALL Brown (Norwich), ANNIE PAULIG, EDWARD
William L. Dormer, Grosvenor-park, Camberwell. C. DODWELL (Pentonville), JAMES BLOSSOM (Sheffield).
C. Greenwood, Anne's-road, South Hackney. Next in order of merit the following well deserve HONOUR
Arthur E. Brackenbury, Doughty-street, W. ABLE MENTION-FREDERICK WARD, ROGER C. MACPHERSON,
Charles A. Cooper, Richmond-road, Hackney. CECIL N. SMITH, JAMES G. GREEN, ISABELLA M. WILKINSON,
Elize A. Taylor, Tenter-street South, Goodman's Fields. CLARA CARLISLE, J. P. DENYER.
Mary A. Grierson, Selwood-place, South Kensington, In the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION the PRIZE has been won by
Blanche Deane, East View, Uxbridge. JAMES EDWARD ARCHIBALD (16), College-villas, Alston, near
Oliver Johnston, John-street, Dalbeattie, KirkcudbrightPreston.
shire. We award CERTIFICATES to W. H. JOHNSTONE (Wolver
Lottie Robertson, Maryfield, Peebles, N.B. hampton), ELEANOR WILKINSON (Birmingham), CAROLINE J.
Harry W. Smith, William-street, Sittingbourne. THOMPSON (Holbeach), HERBERT E. CRABB (Orphan Working
James Blossom, Washington-road, Sheffield. School, N.W.).
Herbert Ham, Victoria-street, Plymouth. We HONOURABLY MENTION ARTHUR RICHARDS and T. N. John W. Verrier, Priory House, Taunton. KELYNACK.
W. C. Prescott, Beer, near Axminster, Devon. No awards are made in the JUNIOR DIVISION.
Edith Helena Cooke, Addison-road, Heaton, Newcastle-onA creditable little paper was sent in by Ophelia J. Hunt,
Tyne. Lewisham, aged 11, but unfortunately the subject of the coin
Roger Macpherson, Strathbaan Cottage, Dollar, near petition had been entirely misunderstood.
Gordon Gray, Torty-street, Huntly, Aberdeen,
Mabel Burleigh, The Fort, Lisburn, Ireland.
A. E. Rumbold, London-street, Andover,
V. A. Way, Grove-road South, Southsea.
R. West, Robert-street, Plumstead.
Frederick Ward, North Marston, Buckinghamshire.
We heartily thank the above readers for the help they are J
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ENGLAND, and its most popular features will be continued in ELi
these pages. The Editor of " EXCELSIOR,” Mr. W. H. GROSER, B.Sc., will co-operate in making Young ENGLAND acceptable
to the large number of senior scholars and others who are V.
readers of this Magazine, and as an earnest of his kind
services, we may refer to the series of "Your Own Bible, and TAR
Smart, mart, art, tar, rat, at, t. How to Read It,” which commenced in October. He has A DA
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teen ; and a THIRD PRIZE TO THE VALUE OF FIVE SHILLINGS to I.
those under Fourteen, for the best What great event in the 15th century is here depictured ?
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6. A wild beast's retreat.
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7. A consonant,
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HOW I SHOULD SPEND £100 IN FURNISHING A IV.-BURIED VOLCANOES ACROSTIC.
SMALL SIX-ROOMED HOUSE. The initials of the following buried volcanoes name a volcano
The above will necessarily have to be an imaginary deremarkable for its frequent eruptions.
scription, but this need not make it any the less practical. We 1. Edith Ualal aided James in his scheme.
hope all our young lady readers especially will take up the 2. Those lines were written by the poet Nash.
subject with spirit, and that every one of our subscribers, old 3. While they were in the cart a journey of twenty miles and young, will try his or her hand. Competitors will do well was accomplished.
to confine the length of their descriptions within reasonable 4. They saw him slip a ring on her finger.
limits. 5. This is a Guatemalian volcano.
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