Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And pardon of the queene she crav'd                   m
For her offences all. " Take pittie on my youthfull yeares,"
Faire Rosamond did cry; "And let me not with poyson strong
Inforced be to die.                                                      iso
" I will renounce this sinfull life,
And in a cloyster bide; Or else be banisht, if you please,
To range the world so wide. "And for the fault which I have done,                  ks
Though I was forst thereto, Preserve my life, and punish me
As you thinke good to do."
And with these words, her lilly hands
She wrang full often there;                                   if»
And downe along her lovely cheekes
Proceeded many a teare. But nothing could this furious queene
Therewith appeased bee ; The cup of deadly poyson filld,                              ire
As she sat on her knee,
She gave the comely dame to drinke;
Who tooke it in her hand, And from her bended knee arose,
And on her feet did stand.                                    <*>
And casting up her eyes to heaven,
She did for mercy call; And drinking up the poyson then,
Her life she lost withall.