Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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CHEVY-CHACE."                           53
Next day did many widows come,
Their husbands to bewail; They wash'd their wounds in brinish tears,
But all would not prevail.                                220
Their bodies, bath'd in purple blood,
They bore with them away : They kiss'd them dead a thousand times,
When they were clad in clay.
This news was brought to Edinburgh,              225
"Where Scotland's king did reign, That brave Earl Douglas suddenly
"Was with an arrow slain.
" 0 heavy news," King James did say;
" Scotland can witness be,                              2*1
I have not any captain more
Of such account as he."
Like tidings to King Henry came,
Within as short a space, That Piercy of Northumberland                         235
Was slaine in Chevy-Chace.
" Now God be with him," said our king,
" Sith't will no better be; I trust I have within my realm
Five hundred as good as he.                           240
220. They.—0. B.