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Song of Robin Hood's Men.


He need not doubt the gold is safe,

In better keeping now:
It served to dry the tearful eye,

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 rest, the king may ride,

The king may rule and reign,
Death comes at last, and, e'er 'tis pasi.

The song goes round again.
Pert courtiers throng with greedy eyes

Around the monarch's bed-
When outlaws die, fast friends are nigh,

And tears sincere are shed.
The king is lapt in marble shrine,

And hallowed tapers burn-
Our bones shall rest on earth's green breast,

Low couched in forest fern.

We envy not the sculptured roof,

And high embattled walls,
Heaven's azure dome o'erhangs our home

A roof that never falls :
The storm that lays the palace low,

The bolt that fires the tower,
Stirs up the blood of Robin Hood,

But mocks the tyrant's power.

HE moon, half hid in rolling clouds,

No more illumes the sky:
The sun has set, the stars have met,

The night wind wanders by ;
Then forth from hiding glad we come,

For birds of night are we,
Our dark retreat we leave, to meet

Under the greenwood tree.
Now all is dark, and silent all,

The shadows deepen round :
The sweet birds rest in quiet nest,

Their songs no more resound ;
But we take up the merry strain,

And loud our horns do blow :
Thro' glade and grove we fearless rove,

And forth a-hunting go.
Our limbs well dight in Lincoln green,

Our feet in leathern shoon,
Thro' brier and brake our way we tako

In the clear October moon;
December snow and August sun

Have made us hale and strong :
With bows, well strung, on shoulder hu 17,

We lightly bound along.
The leaves are wet with mist and dew,

Heavy and dank and brown,
And wind-borne now from every bough

Come slowly fluttering down;
The woodbine too is fading fast,

The summer blossoms fall,
And the autumn flush, like a sunset blush,

Is deepening over all.
Where branching oaks with hoary limbs

Their spectral shadows throw,
Knee-deep in fern aside we turn,

And into hiding go:
With shaft upon the bow-string laid,

We watch the deer go by,
And, as they pass, from out the grass,

The unerring arrows fly.
Folks say the woods are haunted—well,

Methinks their tale is true,
Full fifty sprites on moonlight nights

Do range the forests through:
No phantoms they, but jovial lads

Who scorn King Henry's rule,
That laugh and run in the summer sun,

And pile the logs at Yule.
Who would not to the greenwood fly

With Robin for a king ?
With Little John and the Miller's son

Whose praise the thorps-men sing :
With Scarlet Will and Clym of the Cleugh,

And William of Cloudeslie-
Bold English men from the field and fon

Come hither to be free.
The high, the mighty, and the proud,

Good cause to fear us find :
But those who give, unharmed shall live :

We love a liberal mind.
The rich man's gold we take to fill

The orphan's hand with bread,
And, many a day, we've sent away

The starveling clothed and fed.
Go seek in merry Nottingham

How her good Sheriff fared,
Who, sad at heart, from the world apart,

An outlaw's supper shared :
And call to mind the sumpter mules

He left the same to pay :
Their saddle-bags are torn to rags,

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,
In idle ease beneath the trees,

We love to lay us down :
The brooklet 'neath the hazel bush

Goes babbling down the glade,
And thrushes sing, on mounting wing,

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 ;
The nights are damp and dark and chill,

And o'er the rushy fen
The mere-fires play, and lead astray

Bewildered, wandering men,

And when the woods are white with snow,

And skies are cold and clear,
When winter brings the storm that rings

The curfew of the year,
Around some peasant's blazing hearth

Our frozen limbs we lay :
With just and tale our hearts regale,

And drive dull care away.

A merry life it is we lead,

None can with it compare,
And should the king his liegemen bring

An outlaw's meal to share,
With good brown ale and venison prime

Well feasted he shall be,
With dance and song, the whole night long,
Under the greenwood tree.





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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."


gains a CERTIFICATE, ANNIE STEPTO.-You will notice that we have entertained We HONOURABLY MENTION EDWARD C. DODWELL, JAMES your suggestion.

DECLINED WITH THANKS :—"To Ireland,” and “The Sea,” In the INTERMEDIATE DIVISION the Prize is won by WILLIAM

(E. L. H.); “A Psalm of Death" (J; E. A.); “Faith and F. TUPMAN (164), 139, East-street, Bedminster, Bristol.
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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.
We HONOURABLY MENTION WILLIAM H. BATEMAN, ALICE H. shown their loyalty in this manner.

Last month we published a short list of readers who had


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.).

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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.

William F. Tupman, East-street, Bedminster, Bristol.
Annie S. Penn, Brook-street, Gloucester.

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.
Constantinople taken by the Turks (or C on ST-ant in O-P- A. Boone, Sherington, Newport Pagnell.
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R. West, Robert-street, Plumstead.

Frederick Ward, North Marston, Buckinghamshire.


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hope all our young lady readers especially will take up the 2. Those lines were written by the poet Nash.

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