A Smuggler’s Song

(notes by Philip Holberton and Donald Mackenzie)



Published with “Hal o’ the Draft” , in Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906).

See also “Poor Honest Men”.

Notes on the Text

[Verse 1 Line 3] Them that asks no questions isn’t told a lie Oliver Goldsmith: “She Stoops to Conquer” (1773): ‘Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no fibs.’

[Verse 2 Line 4] brishwood Sussex dialect for brushwood.

[Verse Line 1] King George’s men Soldiers or excise-men hunting the smugglers.

[Verse 7 Line 3] Valenciennes lace, originally produced (c. 1705-80) in the town of that name in Northern France.


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