KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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34                     KIPLING'S SUSSEX
" imaginary monster to frighten children with," and in a scarce old version of the ninety-first Psalm we find the words " from the pestilence that walketh in darkness " written as " from the bug that walketh in darkness." In Shakespeare we find the word occasionally. The " Taming of the Shrew " contains the line : " Tush ! Tush ! fear (frighten) boys with bugs," and in " The Winter's Tale " : " The bug which you would frighten me with, I seek." In the " Faerie Queen" one recalls Spenser's lines :
" Each trembling leaf and whistling wind they hear, As ghastly bug their hair on end doth rear."
" The bug " is none other than a variant of Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, the merry wanderer of the night, bequeathed to us by our Anglo-Saxon forefathers, and depicted in Shakespeare's " Midsummer Night's Dream " as " rough, knurly-limbed, faun faced and shock-pated, a very Shetlander among the fairies."
Burwash is spelled Burgheress in records dated 1291. Not far from the village southwards is Rudyard Kipling's house, called " Batemans." Over the doorway a date stone proclaims that the building was raised in the year 1634, but in Horsefield's " Sussex " we are told it was erected
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