Woodstock; or, the Cavalier

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WOODSTOCK; OR, THE CAVALIER

BY
SIR WALTER SCOTT

1855.

APPENDIX TO INTRODUCTION.

APPENDIX NO. I.

THE WOODSTOCK SCUFFLE; or, Most dreadfull apparitions that were lately
seene in the Mannor-house of Woodstock, neere Oxford, to the great
terror and the wonderful amazement of all there that did behold them.

It were a wonder if one unites,

And not of wonders and strange sights;

For ev’ry where such things affrights

Poore people,

That men are ev’n at their wits’ end;

God judgments ev’ry where doth send,

And yet we don’t our lives amend,

But tipple,

And sweare, and lie, and cheat, and—,

Because the world shall drown no more,

As if no judgments were in store

But water;

But by the stories which I tell,

You’ll heare of terrors come from hell,

And fires, and shapes most terrible

For matter.

It is not long since that a child

Spake from the ground in a large field,

And made the people almost wild

That heard it,

Of which there is a printed book,

Wherein each man the truth may look,

If children speak, the matter’s took

For verdict.

But this is stranger than that voice,

The wonder’s greater, and the noyse;

And things appeare to men, not boyes,

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