Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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106
KING OF SCOTS
The bishop sayde, "Browne, I doo know,             «
Thou art a young man poore and bare ; Livings on thee I will bestowe ;
Let me go on, take thou no care." " No, no," quoth Browne, " I will not be A traitour for all Christiantie:                                    so
Happe well or woe, it shall be so. Drink now with a sorrowfull," &c.
The bishop dranke, and by and by
His belly burst and he fell downe : A just rewarde for his traitery!                                 55
" This was a posset indeed," quoth Brown. He serched the bishop, and found the keyes, To come to the kinge when he did please. Alas for woe, &c.
As soon as the king got word of this,                      «o
He humbly fell uppon his knee, And praysed God that he did misse
To tast of that extremity : For that he did perceive and know, His clergie would betray him so:                             es
Alas for woe, &c.
"Alas," he said, " unhappie realme, " My father, and grandfather slaine:
67. His father waa Henry Lord Darnley. His grandfather, the old Earl of Lenox, regent of Scotland, and father of Lord Darnley, was murdered at Stirling, Sept. 5,1571.P.