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THE CRUEL BLACK.
A Collection of Old Ballads, (1723,) ii. 152: also Evans's OldBallads, iii. 232. Entered in the Stationers' Registers, 1569-70. A writer in the British Bibliographer, (iv. 182,) has pointed out that this is only one of Bandello's novels versified. The novel is the 21st of the Third Part, (London, 1792.)
A lamentable Ballad of the tragical End of a gallant Lord and virtuous Lady; together with the untimely Death'of their two Children : wickedly performed by a Heathenish and Blood-thirsty Black-a-moor, their Servant ; the like of which Cruelty and Murder was never before heard of.
In Rome a nobleman did wed
A virgin of great fame; A fairer creature never did
Dame Nature ever frame : By whom he had two children fair, 5
Whose beauty did excel; They were their parents only joy,
They lov'd them both so welL
The lord he lov'd to hunt the buck, The tiger, and the boar; io