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114 ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
But as he was asleep,
Into the same again I got; I crept therein so deep,
That I had almost hurnt my coat. New news to him was brought that night, The rebels they were put to flight; But, Lord, how then the Pope took on, And called for a Mary-bone.
My lovers all be like to waste ;
Saint Peter he doth what he list.
So then they fell to mess ;
The friars on their beads did pray j The Pope began to bless,
At last he wist not what to say. It chanced so the next day morn, A post came blowing of his horn, Saying, Northumberland is take; But then the Pope began to quake.
With pilgrim-salve he 'noint his hose ;
His nails, for anger, 'gan to pare.
When he perceived well
The news was true to him was brought, Upon his knees he fell,
And then Saint Peter he besought That he would stand his friend in this, To help to aid those servants his, And he would do as much for him— But Peter sent him to Saint Sim.
The friars all about he cufFd,
The priests they durst not once abide.
The Cardinals then begin
To stay, and take him in their arms, He spurn'd them on the shin,
Away they trudg'd, for fear of harms. So then the Pope was left alone; Good Lord! how he did make his moan ! The stools against the walls he threw, And me, out of his nose he blew.
From place to place, about I whipp'd;
Till from his crown he pull'd the hair.
This tune is referred to under the names of Lord Willoughby; Lord "Willoughby's March, and Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home. In Queen's Elizabeth's Virginal Book, it is called Rowland.
In Lady Neville's Virginal Book (MS., 1591), and in Robinson's School of Music, 1603, it is called "Lord Willobie's Welcome Home:" the ballad of The Carman's Whistle was to be sung to the tune of The Carman's Whistle, or to Lord Willoughby's March; and that of " Lord Willoughby—being a true relation of a famous and bloody battel fought in Flanders, &c, against the Spaniards; where the English obtained a notable victory, to the glory and renown of our nation "—was to the tune of " Lord Willoughby, jfc." A copy of the last will be found in the Bagford Collection of Ballads, British Museum.
Peregrine Bertie, Lord Willoughby of Eresby, one of the bravest and most skilful soldiers of this reign, had distinguished himself in the Low Countries in 1586, and in the following year, on the recall of the Earl of Leicester, was made commander of the English forces. The tune, with which his name was associated, was as popular in the Netherlands as in England, and continued so, in both countries, long after his death, which occurred in 1601. It was printed at Haerlem, with other English tunes, in 1626, in Neder-landtsche Gedenck-clanck, under the name of Soet Robbert, and Soet, soet Robbertchen [Sweet Robert, and Sweet, sweet little Robert], which it probably derived from some other ballad sung to the tune.
As the ballad of "Brave Lord Willoughby" is printed in Percy's Meliques of Ancient Poetry, a few verses, only, are subjoined.