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    Posted: February 08 2002 at 12:05pm
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes is a tragic, striking poem. Part goes like -

Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard.
He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred.
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there, but Bess, the landlord`s daughter,
The landlord`s black-eyed daughter, plaiting a dark-red love-knot into her long black hair.

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She loosened her hair in the casement, his face burned like a brand, (and I think then "and he kissed
her hair in the moonlight...and galloped away to the west" - I`m quoting this more or less accurately from
memory).

In about the early 1980s, British author/illustrator Charles Keeping made a picturebook of this in black and
white. The pictures strikingly compliment the words. Bess is shown innocently braiding a long strip of
something within her hair, and after it flows down to the "gallant" highwayman in an elegant cascade as he
kisses it.

But what precisely is a love knot?
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I think a love-knot is a flower''s name....
I love that poem, do you know Loreena McKennitt put the words to music, very beautiful.:)
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Very nice guy's.

I love Loreena McKinnett....we play her at the Salon all of the time....I'm going to pay closer attention to the word's from now on.
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