Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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202             THE SPANISH LADY'S LOVE.
wife a profusion of jewels and other valuables, among which was her portrait drawn in green; plate, money, and other treasures." Some of these articles are main­tained to be still in possession of the family, and also a portrait of Sir John, drawn in 1596, at the age of thirty-six, in which he wears the gold chain given him by his enamored prisoner. See The Times newspaper of April 30 and May 1, 1846, (the latter article cited in Notes and Queries, ix. 573,) and the Quarterly Re­view, Sept. 1846, Art. III. The literary merits of the ballad are also considered in the Edinburgh Review, of April, 1846.
Shenstone has essayed in his Moral Tale of Love and Honour to bring out " the Spanish Ladye and her Knight in less grovelling accents than the simple guise of ancient record," while Wordsworth, in a more reverential spirit, has taken this noble old ro­mance as the model of his Armenian Lady's Love.
"Will you hear a Spanish lady,
How she woo'd an English man ? Garments gay as rich as may be,
Decked with jewels, had she on ; Of a comely countenance and grace was she, « And by birth and parentage of high degree.
As his prisoner there he kept her,
In his hands her life did lie ; Cupid's bands did tie her faster,
By the liking of an eye;                                    io
In his courteous company was all her joy, To favour him in any thing she was not coy.