Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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152          THE WANTON "WIFE OP BATH.
Borrowit -with Chrystis angell cleir,
Hend men, -will ye nocht herk ? For his lufe that bocht us deir,
Think on the Bludy Serk!                           120
Evans's Old BaUads, i. 277; Collection of 1723, ii. 173.
This excellent ballad, to adopt the encomium of Addison, {Spectator, No. 247,) was admitted by Percy into the earlier editions of the Reliques, (iii. 146, 1st ed.) though excluded from the revised edition of 1794. The same story circulates among the peas­antry of England and Scotland in the form of a penny tract or chap-book; Notices of Popular His­tories, p. 16, Percy Soc. vol. xxiii., Notes and Queries, New Series, vol. iii. p. 49. The jest is an old one. Mr. Halliwell refers to a fabliau in Barbazan's col­lection, which contains the groundwork of this piece; Du Vilain qui cotiquist Paradis par Plait, Meon's ed. iv. 114.
In Bath a wanton wife did dwell,
As Chaucer he doth write, Who did in pleasure spend her days,
In many a fond delight.
Upon a time love sick she was,                         5
And at the length did die;