Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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queen Eleanor's fall.
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When Edward was in England king,
The first of all that name, Proud Ellinor he made his queen,
A stately Spanish dame : Whose wicked life, and sinful pride,                    s
Thro' England did excel: To dainty dames, and gallant maids,
This queen was known full well.
She was the first that did invent
In coaches brave to ride;                                10
She was the first that brought this land
To deadly sin of pride. No English taylor here could serve
To make her rich attire ; But sent for taylors into Spain,                , u
To feed her vain desire.
They brought in fashions strange and new,
With golden garments bright; The farthingale, and mighty ruff,
With gowns of rich delight:                            20
The London dames, in Spanish pride,
Did flourish every where; Our English men, like women then,
Did wear long locks of hair.
Both man and child, both maid and wife,              25
Were drown'd in pride of Spain : And thought the Spanish taylors then
Our English men did stain : Whereat the queen did much despite,
To see our English men                                             so







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