It lay on the Marsh like thunder. Men saw their churches ablaze with the wildfire in the windows after dark; they saw their cattle scatterin’ and no man scarin’; their sheep flockin’ and no man drivin’; their horses latherin’ an’ no man leadin’;
This is from “Dymchurch Flit in Rewards and Fairies.
It tells of a time of strife in England, a time of trials and burnings and cruelty. On Romney marsh the People of the Hills are greatly troubled and wish to flee away across the sea. Thermarsh is full of their discontents.
They ask a wise woman for help. and she lends them her sons with their boat. One is dumb and the other blind, so they cannot tell the tale.