Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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KING OF SCOTS, ETC.                    103
"When they had sayled other fifty mile,
Other fifty mile upon the sea, They landed low by Berwicke side,
A deputed laird landed Lord Percye.
Then he at Yorke was doomde to die,                    sa
It was, alas! a sorrowful sight; Thus they betrayed that noble earle,
"Who ever was a gallant wight.
KING OF SCOTS AND ANDREW BROWNE. From Seliques of English Poetry, ii. 217.
" This ballad is a proof of the little intercourse that subsisted between the Scots and English, before the accession of James I. to the crown of England. The tale which is here so circumstantially related, does not appear to have had the least foundation in history, but was probably built upon some confused hearsay report of the tumults in Scotland during the minority of that prince, and of the conspiracies formed by different factions to get possession of his person. It should seem from ver. 97 to have been written during the regency, or at least before the death, of the Earl of Morton, who was condemned and executed June 2, 1581; when James was in his fifteenth year.
" The original copy (preserved in the archives of
224. fol. MS. reads land, and has not the following stanza.