Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Who rul'd his household with great fame,
And true integrity. This gentleman did take to wife
A neat and gallant dame, Whose outward shew and beauty bright                is
Did many hearts inflame.
The luster that came from her lookes,
Her carriage and her grace, Like beauteous Cynthia did outshine
Each lady in that place.                                           20
And being puffed up in pride,
With ease and jollity, Her husband could not her content;
She other men must try.
Lasciviously long time she hVd,                               as
Yet bore it cunningly; For she had those that watch'd so well,
That he could nought espy. WTith bribes and gifts she so bewitch'd
The hearts of some were neere,                           »
That they conceal'd her wickednesse,
And kept it from her deare.
Thus spending of her time away
In extreme wantonesse, Her private friends, when she did please, ss
Unto her had accesse. But the all-seeing eye of heaven
Such sinnes will not conceale, And by some meanes at last will he
The truth of all reveale.                                           40