Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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232               CONSTANCE OF CLEVELAND.
Else I am undone, With my little son :
Let mercy mitigate this grief." " Lady fair, content thee ;                                 
Soon thou wouldst repent thee,
If he should be saved so : Sore he hath abus'd thee, Sore he hath misus'd thee ;
Therefore, Lady, let him go."                     i»i
" 0 my liege ! " quoth she,
" Grant your gracious favour : Dear he is to me,
Though he did me wrong." The King repl/d again,                                     m
"With a stern behaviour, " A subject he hath slain,
Dye he shall ere long: Except thou canst find Any one so kind,                                                     mo
That will dye and set him free." " Noble King !" she said, " Glad am I apaid;
That same person will I be. I will suffer duly,                                                     193
I will suffer truly,
For my love and husbands sake." The King thereat amazed, Though he her beauty praised,
He bad from thence they should her take.