Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 3 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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THE SPANISH VIRGIN'.                    363
Into this foul and fearful place,                                 65
The fair one innocent Was cast, before her lady's face;
Her malice to content.
This maid no sooner enter'd is,
But strait, alas! she hears                                       ro
The toads to croak, and snakes to hiss:
Then grievously she fears.
Soon from their holes the vipers creep,
And fiercely her assail, Which makes the damsel sorely weep,                    75
And her sad fate bewail.
With her fair hands she strives in vain
Her body to defend ; With shrieks and cries she doth complain,
But all is to no end.                                                  so
A servant Hstning near the door,
Struck with her doleful noise, Strait ran his lady to implore ;
But she'll not hear his voice.
With bleeding heart he goes agen                            85
To mark the maiden's groans ; And plainly hears, within the den,
How she herself bemoans.
Again he to his lady hies,
With all the haste he may;                                        so
She into furious passion flies,
And orders him away.