Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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298             queen Eleanor's fall.
At last confess'd the lady's blood
Her guilty hand had slain: And likewise, how that by a fryar
She had a base-born child;                                    150
Whose sinful lusts and wickedness
Her marriage bed defil'd.
Thus have you heard the fall of pride,
A just reward of sin ; For those who will forswear themselves,              iss
God's vengeance daily win. Beware of pride, ye courtly dames,
Both wives and maidens all; Bear this imprinted on your mind,
That pride must have a fall.                                ieo
From Strange Histories, p. 17 (Percy Society, vol. iii). Other copies, with variations, are in The Crown-Garland of Golden Roses, Part II. p. 20 (Percy So­ciety, vol. xv.), and A Collection of Old Ballads, iii. 91. The editor of Strange Histories informs us that a play on the same subject as the ballad was written by Thomas Drew, or Drue, early in the reign of James I, and printed in 1631, under the title of The Duchess of Suffolk, her Life. He remarks further that both play and ballad was founded upon the nar-