Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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104                          KING OF SCOTS
the Antiquarian Society, London,) is entitled, A new ballad, declaring the great treason conspired against the young king of Scots, and how one Andrew Browne, an English-man, which was the king's chamberlaine, prevented the same. To the tune of Milfield, or els to Green-sleeves. At the end is subjoined the name of the author, W. Elderton. ' Imprinted at London for Yarathe James, dwelling in Newgate Market, over against Ch. Church,' in blackJetter fohV'-yPpRCY,
This ballad was licensed to James on the 30th of May, 1581.
Oux alas! what a griefe is this,
That princes subjects cannot be true, But still the devill hath some of his,
Will play their parts whatsoever ensue ; Forgetting what a grievous thing                               «
It is to offend the anointed king! Alas for woe, why should it be so ? This makes a sorrowful heigh ho.
In Scotland is,a.bonnie kinge, • As proper a youth as neede to be,                        io
Well given to every happy thing, That can be in a kinge to see : Yet that unluckie country still, Hath people given to craftie will.
Alas for woe, &c.                                                    M
On Whitsun eve it so befell,
A posset was made to give the king,