|These notes are based on those written by Donald Mackenzie for the OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS edition of Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies (1995) with the kind permission of Oxford University Press. Except where stated otherwise, the page numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Rewards and Fairies (1910, and frequently reprinted since).|| the story
Puck restrains Drake's friend, Simon Cheyneys, from saying what is on his mind about the hanging of Thomas Doughty by Drake's orders on the Golden Hind. His name comes up and is dismissed. Simon's aunt prophesies that Drake will bury his heart beside the road he will open from east to west and back again; and, before the tale begins, the children have seen Cattiwow, the woodman, lash his team-leader to get the last ounce of effort out of him, and Simon has pointed out to them that Cattiwow `cherished his horse, but he'd ha' laid him open in that pinch'.
But such knowledge is too hard for children, and the tale moves on another course, towards the Armada that Dan has been hoping for. Nonetheless they feel - I felt, when I failed to get any information about Mus' Doughty out of my family - that some unknown and cruel obligation, such as confronts at times the leaders of men, had awaited Frankie by the side of the road he opened. The tale puzzled me; the bits did not seem to come together, or, as I should say now, the pattern was incomplete.
What is full in the child's vision, and very satisfactory, is the opportunity that comes at length to the modest home-keeping burgess of Rye to supply Drake's need for stores and ammunition in the middle of the fight with the Armada, and Drake courteously embracing his friend before all his great captains and causing his ship's music to play him away with honour. This is a situation full of the most reassuring moral and emotional lights.
Also, in case Simple Simon should be held too cheap, there are his little models of iron ships that floated, but were given up, since what England needed of Rye was wooden ships. They were `untimely', like the microscope of "The Eye of Allah" (in Debits and Credits).
When captaines couragious, whom death cold not daunte,The ballad was clearly known to Kipling, since he used the phrase 'Captains Courageous' as the title of his novel about fishermen on the Grand Banks. See Percy's Reliques (2nd series, Bk. 2).
Did march to the siege of the citty of Gaunt,
They mustred their souldiers by two and by three,
And the formost in battle was Mary Ambree...