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78 THE A1UEDER OF THE KING OF SCOTS.
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So black was the mourning, and white were the wands, "
Yellow, yellow the torches they bore in their hands;
The bells they were muffled, and mournful did
While the royal Queen Jane she lay cold in the clay.
Six knights and six lords bore her corpse through
the grounds, Six dukes followed after, in black mourning
The flower of Old England was laid in cold clay, Whilst the royal King Henrie came weeping
THE MUKDER OF THE KING OF SCOTS.
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, ii. 210.
" The catastrophe of Henry Stewart, Lord Darn-ley, the uniortunate husband of Mary Queen of Scots, is the subject of this ballad. It is here related in that partial imperfect manner, in which such an event would naturally strike the subjects of another kingdom, of which he was a native. Henry appears to have been a vain, capricious, worthless young man,