RAMBLES ABOUT BURWASH 41
tormentors in the village died, danced on the fresh turfed grave shouting, " Got ye now, got ye now! "
You will learn in the " Smuggler's Song " all about the gentlemen who must have often passed " Batemans " in their trapesings with good liquor between the coast and the capital. In those days everyone sided with the smugglers, both on the coast and inland; and it is said that a certain worthy parson being somewhat uneasy about his right to retain a cask of brandy which, with many others, had been hidden in his own church tower, was somewhat consoled by one of the gentlemen, who pinned the following text to it:
" Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry." Proverbs vi. 30.
A Burwash woman has told us that as a child, after saying her prayers, she was often packed to bed early with the strict injunction : " Now mind if the gentlemen come along, don't you look out of the window." To look at a smuggler when he was engaged in the great game was strictly against true Sussex tradition. People had to turn towards the wall when they passed by, so that they could truthfully declare that, as they had not seen the gentlemen, it was impossible to identify them.