Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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THE LADY ISABELLA'S TRAGEDT.
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Fair Isabella was she call'd,
A creature faire was shee; She was her fathers only joye;                                     is
As you shall after see.
Therefore her cruel step-mother
Did envye her so much, That daye by daye she sought her life,
Her malice it was such.                                               20
She bargain'd with the master-cook
To take her life awaye; And taking of her daughter's book,
She thus to her did saye:
" Go home, sweet daughter, I thee praye, 25
Go hasten presentlie, And tell unto the master-cook
These wordes that I tell thee.
" And bid him dresse to dinner streight
That faire and milk-white doe                                so
That in the parke doth shine so bright, There's none so faire to showe."
This ladye fearing of no harme,
Obey'd her mothers will; And presentlye she hasted home,                                35
Her pleasure to fulfill.
She streight into the kitchen went,
Her message for to tell; And there she spied the master-cook,
Who did with malice swell.                                        40