Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" 0 noble marquess," quoth they, " why do you wrong us,
Thus basely for to wed, That might have got an honourable lady                 «
Into your princely bed ? Who will not now your noble issue still deride,
Which shall be hereafter born, That are of blood so base by the mother's side,
The which will bring them to scorn ?                   so
Put her, therefore, quite away ; Take to you a lady gay,
Whereby your lineage may renowned be." Thus every day they seem'd to prate At malic'd Grissel's good estate,                                  «
Who took all this most mild and patiently.
When that the marquess did see that they were bent thus
Against his faithful wife, Whom most dearly, tenderly, and intirely
He loved as his life ;                                                     eo
Minding in secret for to prove her patient heart,
Thereby her foes to disgrace; Thinking to play a hard discourteous part,
That men might pity her case,— Great with child this lady was,                                     es
And at length it came to pass,
Two lovely children at one birth she had ; A son and daughter God had sent, Which did their father well content,