Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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BETRATED BY DOUGLAS.                   93
years before, the Lady Jane Douglas, Lady Glamis, sister of the Earl of Angus, and nearly related to Douglas of Lough-leven, had suffered death for the pretended crime of witchcraft; who, it is presumed, is the witch-lady alluded to in verse 133.
" The following is selected (like the former) from two copies, which contained great variations; one of them in the Editor's folio MS. In the other copy some of the stanzas at the beginning of this ballad are nearly the same with what in that MS. are made to begin another ballad on the escape of the Earl of Westmoreland, who got safe into Flanders, and is feigned in the ballad to have undergone a great variety of adventures."—Percy.
" How long shall fortune faile me nowe, And harrowe me with fear and dread ?
How long shall I in bale abide, In misery my life to lead ?
" To fall from my bliss, alas the while !                 t
It was my sore and heavye lott; And I must leave my native land,
And I must live a man forgot.
" One gentle Armstrong I doe ken,
A Scot he is, much bound to mee;                    w
He dwelleth on the Border side,
To him I'll goe right privilie."