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Without either sign or sound of their shock
The Abbot of Aberbrothok
When the Rock was hid by the surge's swell,
The sun in heaven was shining gay,
The buoy of the Inchcape Bell was seen
He felt the cheering power of spring,
His eye was on the Inchcape Float;
The boat is lower'd, the boatmen row,
Sir Ralph the Rover sail'd away,
So thick a haze o'erspreads the sky
On the deck the Rover takes his stand,
“ Canst hear,” said one," the breakers roar ?
They hear no sound, the swell is strong ; . Though the wind hath fallen they drift along, Till the vessel strikes with a shivering shock, “ Oh Christ! it is the Inchcape Rock !"
Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair ;
But even in his dying fear
THE WELL OF ST. KEYNE.
“ I know not whether it be worth the reporting, that there is in Cornwall, near the parish of St. Neots, a Well, arched over with the robes of four kinds of trees, withy, oak, elm, and ash, dedicated to St. Keyne. The reported virtue of the water is this, that whether husband or wife come first to drink thereof, they get the mastery thereby.” — Fuller.
This passage in one of the folios of the Worthy old Fuller, who, as he says, knew not whether it were worth the reporting, suggested the following Ballad : and the Ballad has produced so many imitations that it may be prudent here thus to assert its originality, lest I should be accused hereafter of having committed the plagiarism which has been practised upon it.
Of St. Keyne, whose death is placed in the year 490, and whose deposition used to be celebrated in Brecknockshire, on October 8, there is a brief account in the English Mar. tyrologe. Father Cressy the Benedictine gives her history more fully. • Illustrious,” says he, “ she was for her birth, being the daughter of Braganus, prince of that province in Wales, which, from him, was afterwards called Brecknockshire ; but more illustrious for her zeal to preserve her chastity, for which reason she was called in the British language Keynevayra, that is, Keyna the Virgin.” 2. This Prince Braganus, or Brachanus, the father of St.