Children in the Wood

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Thomas Percy (1729—1811) writer and Church of Ireland bishop of Dromore

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Popularly known as the story of the Babes in the Wood, is the subject of an old ballad, included in Percy's and Ritson's collections.

A Norfolk gentleman leaves his property to his infant son and daughter and gives the children into his brother's charge; the wicked uncle hires two ruffians to slay them in a wood. One of these repents and kills his fellow, then abandons the children in the wood. The children perish, and a robin covers them with leaves.

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