yet more Rewards and Fairies

Margaret Ball margaret at
Wed Sep 1 13:28:22 EDT 2004

I found 3 more stanzas attributed to Corbet:

Now they have left our quarters
A register they have,
Who looketh to their charters,
A man both wise and grave;
A hundred of their merry pranks
By one that I could name
Are kept in store, conn twenty thanks
To William for the same.

I marvel who his cloak would turn
When Puck had led him round,
Or where those walking fires would burn,
Where Cureton would be found;
How Broker would appear to be,
For whom this age doth mourn;
But that their spirits live in thee,
In thee, old William Chourne.

To William Chourne of Strafford shire
Give laud and praises due,
Who ever meal can mend your cheer
With tales both old and true:
To William all give audience,
And pray ye for his noddle,
For all the fairies' evidence
Were lost, if that were addle.

These 3 must have been in the version Kipling knew, because of "I marvel 
how his cloak would turn/If Puck had led him round"

Margaret Ball

No truly respectable society has ever trusted its artists.

-Ursula K. Leguin

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