Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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queen eleanoe's fall.              295
" I will begin with thee."                                  6C
Which words did much displease the queen,
That penance to begin; But ask'd him pardon on her knees;
Who gave her grace therein.
But afterwards she chanc'd to pass                           65
Along brave London streets, Whereas the mayor of London's wife
In stately sort she meets; With music, mirth, and melody,
Unto the church they went,                                    ro
To give God thanks, that to th' lord mayor
A noble son had sent.
It grieved much this spiteful queen,
To see that any one Should so exceed in mirth and joy,                          ra
Except herself alone: For which, she after did devise
Within her bloody mind, And practis'd still more secretly,
To kill this lady kind.                                                 bo
Unto the mayor of London then
She sent her letters straight, To send his lady to the court,
Upon her grace to wait. But when the London lady came                              m
Before proud El'nor's face, She stript her from her rich array,
And kept her vile and base.