Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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lection, entitled The Lamentable and Tragical History of Titus Andronicus, &c. To the Tune of Fortune. Printed for E. Wright.—Unluckily, none of these have any dates." Percy's Reliques, i. 238.
You noble minds, and famous martiall wights, That in defence of native country fights, Give eare to me, that ten yeeres fought for Rome, Yet reapt disgrace at my returning home.
In Rome I lived in fame fulle threescore yeeres, s My name beloved was of all my peeres; Fulle five-and-twenty valiant sonnes I had, Whose forwarde vertues made their father glad.
For when Romes foes their warlike forces bent, Against them stille my sonnes and I were sent; 10 Against the Goths full ten yeeres weary warre We spent, receiving many a bloudy scarre.
Just two-and-twenty of my sonnes were slaine Before we did returne to Rome againe: Of five-and-twenty sonnes, I" brought but three 15 Alive, the stately towers of Rome to see.
When wars were done, I conquest home did bring, And did present my prisoners to the king, The queene of Goths, her sons, and eke a Moore, Which did such murders, like was nere before. 20
The emperour did make this queene his wife, Which bred in Rome debate and deadly strife ;