Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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Then o'er the moss, where as they came,
With many a brank and whew, One of them could to another say,
" I think this day we are men enew.                 *>
" For Weardale-men is a journey ta'en ;
They are so far out o'er yon fell, That some of them's with the two earls,
And others fast in Bernard castell.
" There we shall get gear enough,                          43
For there is nane but women at hame;
The sorrowful fend that they can make, Is loudly cries as they were slain."
43. The two Earls were Thomas Percy, Earl of Northum­berland, and Charles Nevil, Earl of Westmoreland, who, on the 15th of November, 1569, at the head of their tenantry and others, took arms for the purpose of liberating Mary, Queen of Scots, and restoring the old religion. They besieged Barnard castle, which was, for eleven days, stoutly defended by Sir George Bowes, who, afterward, being appointed the Queen's marshal, hanged the poor constables and peasantry by dozens in a day, to the amount of 800. The Earl of Northumberland, betrayed by the Scots, with whom he had taken refuge, was beheaded at York, on the 22d of August, 1572; and the Earl of Westmoreland, deprived of the ancient and noble patrimony of the Nevils, and reduced to beggary, escaped over sea, into Flanders, and died in misery and dis­grace, being the last of his family.—Ritsos. See The Rising in the North and Northumberland betrayed by Douglas.
48. This is still the phraseology of Westmoreland: a poorly man, a softly day, and the like.—Kitson.