->''The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,''
->''The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,''
->''The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,''
->''And the highwayman came riding--''
-->''Riding--riding--''
->''The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.''
-->--The opening lines.

Written by Alfred Noyes in 1906, ''The Highwayman'' is a poem about, well, a [[TheHighwayman highwayman]] who is in love with a landlord's daughter in 18th-Century England and is betrayed to the authorities by the ostler[[note]]the stableman[[/note]] while out robbing. [[DownerEnding It ends badly]].

The poem has remained popular through the years, and was in 1995 voted 15th in the poll for England's favourite poems. LoreenaMcKennitt has also sung a musical version omitting some verses.
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!! Tropes in this ballad:

* AdaptedOut: Tim is absent from LoreenaMcKennitt's version. [[PlotHole As a result, there's no apparent reason given for why the king's army came to ambush the highwayman at the inn.]]
* BangingForHelp: A variation when Bess, tied up, shoots herself to warn her lover away.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Tim the Ostler has 'hair like mouldy hay'.
* BoundAndGagged: Bess through most of the second half.
* BookEnds: The last two verses repeat the first and the third one.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow : Bess, the landlord's black-haired, black-eyed daughter
* DeathIsDramatic: And ''how!''
* DownerEnding: You ''bet''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The highwayman.
* ExactEavesdropping: Tim ''just'' so happens to hear the highwayman talking all about his plans to Bess. Uh-oh.
* {{Expy}}: The highwayman is one of Dick Turpin.
* FlyingDutchman: How it all ends.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The opening lines foreshadow the ghostly ending.
* HeroicSacrifice: Bess tried, but...
* HeroicVow: ''I'll come to thee by the moonlight, though Hell should bar the way''.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Tim[[note]]the ostler[[/note]]'s plan.
* NoNameGiven: The highwayman, again.
* SenselessSacrifice: Bess's suicide succeeds in warning the highwayman away, but when he hears of her death the next morning, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.
* RevengeBeforeReason: What leads the highwayman to end up ''walking right into the ambush his love had given her life to warn him of''.
* StalkerWithACrush: Tim is implied to be this.
* TogetherInDeath: The final lines imply this for Bess and the highwayman.

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