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CHILDREN IN THE WOOD.
Being a true relation of the inhuman murder of two children of a deceased gentleman in Norfolk, England, whom he left to the care of his brother; but the wicked uncle, in order to get the children's estate, contrived to have them destroyed by two ruffians whom he hired for that purpose; with an account of the heavy judgments of God, which befell him, for this inhuman deed, and of the untimely end of the two bloody ruffians. To which is added a word of advice to executors, &c.
Now ponder well, you parents dear,
In time, brought forth to light.
A gentleman of good account
Whose fame and credit did sur
Most men of his estate.
So sick he was, and like to die, No help he then could have; His wife by him as sick did lie, And both possess one grave.
No love between these two was lost,
And left two babes behind;
The one a fine and pretty boy,
Not passing three years old; The other a girl more young than he, And made of beauteous inould.
The father left his little son,
And to his little daughter Jane
Two hundred pounds in gold, For to be paid on marriage day.
Which might not be controlled.
But, if these children chanced to die
"Now, brother," said the dying man, "Look to my children dear, Be good unto my boy and girl: No friend else have I here.