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by reason of their tempestuous passage. This would not be heard; so furious was Don Sebastian to en­gage ; as if he would pluck up the bays of victory out of the ground, before they were grown up ; and so, in the battle of Alcaser, their army was wholly defeated: where Stuckley lost his life.
'A fatal fight, where in one day was slain,
Three kings that were, and one that would be fain!'
" This battle was fought anno 1578, where Stuck­ley, with his eight hundred men, behaved himself most valiantly, till overpowered with multitude." Worthies of England, by Nuttall, i. 414.
Mr. Dyce, in his prefatory note to Peek's Battle of Alcazar, having cited the above extract with several poetical notices of Stukeley, mentions another play founded on this adventurer's exploits (The Famous Historye of the Life and Death of Captaine Thomas Stukely), acted in 1596, and printed in 1605 (Peele's Works, ii. 85).
The ballad is from The Crown-Garland of Golden Roses (Percy Society, vol. vi.) p. 83. There are some verses on Stukeley's projected voyage to Florida in Mr. Collier's Old Ballads, in the first volume of the Percy Society, p. 73.
In the west of England Borne there was, I understand,
A famous gallant in his dayes, By birth a wealthy clothier's sonne ; Deeds of wonder he hath done,                           s
To purchase him a long and lasting praise.

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