Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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136                  LORD JAMIE DOUGLAS.
Iago, and in particular, by pretending to have dis­covered a pair of men's shoes underneath the Mar­chioness's bed, he completely succeeded in breaking up the affection of the unfortunate couple. Lord Doug­las, who, though a man of profligate conduct, had hitherto treated his wife with some degree of politeness, now rendered her life so miserable, that she was obliged to seek refuge with her father. The earl came with a large retinue to carry her off, when, ac­cording to the ballad, as well as the tradition of the country, a most affecting scene took place. The Mar­quis himself was so much overcome by the parting of his wife and child — for she had now borne a son — that he expressed, even in that last hour, a desire of being reconciled to her. But the traitorous Lowrie succeeded in preventing him from doing so, by a well-aimed sarcasm at his weakness. ... Regarding the ultimate fate of the Marchioness I am altogether ignorant. It is, however, very improbable that any reconciliation ever took place between her and her husband, such as is related in the ballad." Scottish Ballads, p. 150.
0 walt, waly up the bank,
And waly, waly down the brae, And waly, waly by yon burn side,
"Where me and my lord was wont to gae.
Hey nonny nonnie, but love is bonnie,               s
A little while when it is new; But when love grows auld it grows mair cauld,
And fades away like the morning dew.