Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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182                THE TAMING OF A SHREW.
" Thro' mercy, my child, I am rich, and not poor; I have gold and silver enough now in store ; And for the love that at thy house I have found, For a portion I'll give thee ten thousand pounds."
So in a few days after, as I understand, This man he went home and sold off his land; And ten thousand pounds to his daughter did give, And now altogether in love they do live.
Eitson's Ancient Songs and Ballads, ii. 242. " From one of the Sloan MSS. in the Museum, No. 1489. The writing of Charles the First's time." A far su­perior poem on the very popular subject of the dis­ciplining of wives is that of The Wife Lapped in Morels Skin, printed in Utterson's Select Pieces of Early Popular Poetry, ii. 173, and as an appendix to the Shakespeare Society's edition of the old Taming of a Shrew. As a counterpart to these pieces may be mentioned the amusing poem called Ane Ballad of Matrymonie, in Laing's Select Remains, or, The Honey­moon, Aytoun's Ballads of Scotland, i. 284.
Al you that are assembled heere,
Come listen to my song, But first a pardon I must crave,
For feare of further wrong; I must entreat thes good wyves al                    s
They wil not angrye be,