Tom o' the Roads

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Sidney H. Sime


English Symbolist, Golden Age Illustrator, painter and illustrator

Tom o' the Roads


From Dunsany's The Highwayman:

"To and fro, to and fro in the winds swung the bones and the soul of Tom, for the sins that he had sinned on the King's highway against the laws of the King; and with shadows and a lantern through the darkness, at the peril of their lives, came the three friends that his soul had won before it swung in chains. Thus the seeds of Tom's own soul that he had sown all his life had grown into a Gallows Tree that bore in season iron chains in clusters; while the careless seeds that he had strewn here and there, a kindly jest and a few merry words, had grown into the tripple friendship that would not desert his bones."