Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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306               THE LIFE AND DEATH OF
attempt what he could not loyally achieve, he went over into Italy.
" It is incredible how quickly he wrought himself through the notice into the favour, through the court into the chamber, yea closet, yea bosom of Pope Pius Quintus; so that some wise men thought his Holiness did forfeit a parcel of his infallibility in giving credit to such a glorioso, vaunting that with three thousand soldiers he would beat all the English out of Ireland.
" The Pope finding it cheaper to fill Stuckley's v swelling sails with airy titles than real gifts, created him Baron of Ross, Viscount Murrough, Earl of Wex­ford, Marquis of Leinster; and then furnished this title-top-heavy general with eight hundred soldiers, paid by the Bang of Spain, for the Irish expedition.
" In passage thereunto, Stuckley lands at Portugal, just when Sebastian, the king thereof, with two Moorish kings, were undertaking a voyage into Africa. Stuck­ley, scorning to attend, is persuaded to accompany them. Some thought he wholly quitted his Irish de­sign, partly because loath to be pent up in an island (the continent of Africa affording more elbow-room for his achievements) ; partly because so mutable his mind, he ever loved the last project (as mothers the youngest child) best. Others conceive he took this African in order to his Irish design; such his con­fidence of conquest, that his breakfast on the Turks would the better enable him to dine on the English in Ireland.
" Landing in Africa, Stuckley gave council which was safe, seasonable, and necessary; namely, that for two or three days they should refresh their land sol­diers : whereof some were sick, and some were weak,