Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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That day made many a fatherless child,
And many a widow poor, And many a Scottish gay lady
Sate weeping in her bower.
Jack with a fether was lapt all in lether, *s
His boastings were all in vain ; He had such a chance with [a] new morrice-dance,
He never went home again.
Jane Seymour, queen of Henry VHL, died shortly after giving birth to Prince Edward (Oct. 1537). There was a report that the Caesarian operation had been necessary to effect the delivery, and on this story the present ballad is founded.
There is a woful ditty on this subject in The Crown Garland of Golden Roses, Percy Society, vol. vi. p. 29 (or Collection of Old Ballads, ii. 115). The following piece is popular throughout Scotland. It is taken from Kinloch's Ancient Scottish Ballads, p. 116. A fragment had been previously published in Jamieson's Popular Ballads, i. 182. "We have added another, but imperfect, version from a recent publication.
41-44. This stanza is the sixth in Deloney's copy, and is there clearly misplaced. 44. sweeping.