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'80 THE MURDER OF THE KING OF SCOTS.
To be a king is a pleasant thing,
To bee a prince unto a peere : 10
But you have heard, and soe have I too,
A man may well buy gold too deare.
There was an Italyan in that place, Was as well beloved as ever was hee,
Lord David [Eizzio] was his name, is
Chamberlaine to the queene was hee.
If the king had risen forth of his place,
He wold have sate him downe in the cheare,
And tho itt beseemed him not so well,
Altho the kinge had beene present there. 20
Some lords in Scotlande waxed wrothe, And quarrelled with him for the nonce ;
I shall you tell how it befell,
Twelve daggers were in him att once.
When the queene saw her chamberlaine was slaine, u
For him her faire cheeks shee did weete, And made a vowe, for a yeare and a day
The king and shee wold not come in one sheete.
Then some of the lords they waxed wrothe, And made their vow all vehementlye, so
For the death of the queenes chamberlaine, The king himselfe, how he snail dye.