Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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of weak understanding, and dissolute morals. But the beauty of his person, and the inexperience of his youth, would dispose mankind to treat him with an indulgence, which the cruelty of his murder would afterwards convert into the most tender pity and regret: and then imagination would not fail to adorn his memory with all those virtues he ought to have possessed.
" Darnley, who had been born and educated in England, was but in his 21st year when he was mur­dered, Feb. 9, 1567-8. This crime was perpetrated by the Earl of Bothwell, not out of respect to the memory of Riccio, but in order to pave the way for his own marriage with the queen.
" This ballad (printed, with a few corrections, from the Editor's folio MS.) seems to have been written soon after Mary's escape into England in 1568, see v. 65.—It will be remembered, at v. 5, that this princess was Queen Dowager of Prance, having been first married to Francis II., who died Dec. 4, 1560.— Percy.
"Woe worth, woe worth thee, false Scotlande!
For thou hast ever wrought by sleight; The worthyest prince that ever was borne.
You haDged under a cloud by night.
The Queene of France a letter wrote,                   5
And sealed itt with harte and ringe ;
And bade him come Scotland within,
And shee wold marry and crowne him kinge.