Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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CALAMITY.
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When all in vaine the paines was spent, And that they could not house-roome get,
Into a church-porch then they went,                   ios
To stand out of the raine and wet:
Then said the Dutchesse to her deare,
" O that we had some fier heere!"
Then did her husband so provide
That fire and coales he got with speede; no She sate downe by the tiers side,
To dresse her daughter, that had neede; And while she drest it in her lapp, Her husband made the infant papp.
Anone the sexton thither came,                            us
And finding them there by the fire,
The drunken knave, all voyde of shame, To drive them out was his desire:
And spurning forth this noble dame,
Her husbands wrath it did inflame.                       120
And all in furie as he stood,
He wroung the church-keies out of his hand, And strooke him so, that all of blood
His head ran downe where he did stand; Wherefor the sexton presently                               125
For helpe and ayde aloude did cry:
Then came the officers in hast,
And tooke the Dutchesse and her child,
And with her husband thus they past,
Like lambes beset with tygers wild,                  130
And to the governour were they brought,
Who understood them not in ought.







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