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Two Cumberland Ballads

by John Stagg

Two narrative ballads, based on local lore, by the Cumberland poet John Stagg. In 'The Hermit of Rockcliffe', a young fugitive takes refuge with a hermit, hears a bizarre and cautionary tale of what might befall a lusty young man at a masked ball, and learns surprising news about himself. In 'The Rose of Corby' a young maid's elopement with her lover, on the day of her betrothal to a local lord, has an unexpected outcome.

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John Stagg was an English poet from Cumberland, where he was known as the "blind bard". He is now remembered for "The Vampyre" (1810). Stagg was born at Burgh-by-Sands, near Carlisle, where his father...

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