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National Library of Scotland - Crawford
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An Excellent BALLAD, intitul'd, The Unfortunate Love
of a Lancashire Gentleman, and the Hard Fortune of a fair young
Bride. To the Tune of, Come follow my Love, etc.

LOok you faithful Lovers,
on my unhappy state,
See my tears distilling,
but poured out too late;
And buy no foolish fancy
at too dear a rate;
Alack for my love I shall dye.

My Father is a Gentleman,
well known of high degree,
And tender of my welfare
evermore was he;
He sought for reputation,
but all the worse for me,
Alack, etc.

There was a proper Maiden
of favour sweet and fair,
To whom in deep affection
I closely did repair;
In heart I dearly loved her,
loe thus began my care;
Alack, etc.

For Nature had adorn'd her
with qualities divine,
Prudent in her actions,
and in behaviour fine;
Upon a sweeter creature,
the sun did never shine;
Alack, etc.

Nothing wanting in her,
but this the grief of all,
Of birth she was but lowly,
of substance very small,
A simple hired Servant,
and subject to each call;
Alack, etc.

Yet she was my pleasure,
my joy and heart's delight,
More rich then any treasure,
more precious in m[y] sight;
At length to one another
our promise we did plight;
Alack, etc.

And thus unto my Father
the thing I did reveal,
Desiring of his favour,
nothing I did conceal,
But he my dear affection
regarded ne'er a deal;
Alack, etc.

Quoth he, Thou graceless Fellow,
thou art my only Heir;
And for thy own preferment
hast thou no better care?
To marry with a Begger
that is both poor and bare;
Alack, etc.

I charge thee on my blessing,
thou do her sight refrain,
And that into her company
you never come again;
That you should be so married,
I take it in dis[d]ain;
Alack, etc.

Is there so many Gentlemen
of worshipful degree,
That have most honest Daughters
of beauty fair and f[r]ee;
And can none but a Begger's Brat
content and pleasure thee?
Alack, etc.

By God that made all Creatures,
this vaw to thee I make,
If thou do not this Begger
refuse and quite forsake,
From thee thy due Inheritance
I wholly mean to take;
Alack, etc.

These his bitter speeches
did sore torment my mind,
Knowing well how greatly
he was to mirth inclin'd,
My heart was slain with sorrow,
no comfort I could find;
Alack, etc.

Then did I write a letter,
and sent it to my Dear,
Wherein my first affection
all changed did appear;
Which from [h]er fair eyes forced
the pearled water clear;
Alack, etc.

For grief unto the messenger
one word she could not speak,
Those doleful heavy tydings
her gentle heart did break;
Yet sought not by her speeches
on me her heart to wreak;
Alack, etc.

This deed within my conscience
tormented me full sore,
To think upon the promise
I made her long before;
And for the true performance
how I most deeply swore;
Alack, etc.

I could not be in quiet
till I to her did go;
Who for my sake remained
in sorrow, grief and woe;
And unto her in secret,
my full intent to show;
Alack, etc.

My sight rejoyced greatly
her sad perplexed heart,
From both her eyes on sudden
the trickling tears did start,
And in each others bosom
we breathed forth our smart;
Alack, etc.

Unknown unto my Father,
or any friend beside,
Ourselves we closely married,
she was my only Bride;
Yet still within her service
I caus'd her to abide;
Alack, etc.

But never had two Lovers
more sorrow, care and grief,
No means in our extremity
we found for our relief:
And now what further hapned
here followeth in brief;
Alack, etc.

Now you loyal Lovers,
attend unto the rest,
See by secret marriage
how sore I am opprest,
For why my foul misfortune
herein shall be exprest;
Alack, etc.

My Father came unto me
upon a certain day,
And with a merry countenance,
these words to me did say:
My Son, quoth he, come hither,
and mark what I shall say;
Alack, etc.

Seeing you are disposed
to lead a wedded life,
I have unto your credit
provided you a Wife;
Where thou maist live delightful
without all care and strife;
Alack, etc.

Master Senock's Daughter,
most beautiful and wise,
Three hundred pounds her porti-on
may well thy mind suffice,
And by her friends and kindred,
thou maist to credit rise;
Alack, etc.

This is, my Son, undoubted
a Match for thee most meet,
She is a proper Maiden
most delicate and sweet,
Go woe her then and wed her,
I shall rejoyce to see it;
Alack, etc.

Her Friends and I have talked,
and thereon have agree'd,
Then be not thou abashed,
but speedily proceed;
Thou shalt be entertained,
and have no doubt to speed;
Alack, etc.

O pardon me, dear Father,
with bashful looks I said,
To enter into Marriage,
I sorely am afraid,
A single life is lovely,
therein my mind is staid;
Alack, etc.

When he had heard my speeches,
his anger did arise,
He drove me from his presence,
my sight he did despise;
And straight to disinherit me,
all means he did devise;
Alack, etc.

When I myself perceived
in that ill case to stand,
Most lewdly I consented
unto his fond demand;
And married with the other,
and all to save my Land;
Alack, etc.

And at this hapless Marriage
great cost my friends did keep,
They spared not their poultrey,
their oxen, nor their sheep;
Whilst joyfully they danced,
I did in corners weep;
Alack, etc.

My conscience was tormented,
which did my joys deprive;
I for to hide my sorrow,
in thoughts did always strive;
Quoth I, What shame will it be
to have two Wives alive;
Alack, etc.

O my sweet Margaret,
I did in sorrow say,
Thou know'st not in thy service,
of this my marriage-day,
Tho' here my body resteth,
with thee my heart doth stay;
Alack, etc.

And in my meditations
came in my lovely Bride,
With chains and jewels trimed,
and silken robes beside,
Saying, Why doth my true Love
so sadly here abide?
Alack, etc.

Yea, twenty lovely kisses
she did on me bestow,
And forth abroad a walking,
this lovely Maid did go;
Yea, arm in arm most friendly,
with him that was her foe,
Alack, etc.

But when that I had brought her
where nobody was near,
I embraced her most falsly,
with a most feigned chear,
Unto the heart I stabbed
this Maiden fair and clear,
Alack, etc.

Myself in woful manner
I wounded with a Knife,
And laid myself down by her,
by this my married Wife;
And said that thieves to rob us,
had wrought this deadly strife;
Alack, etc.

Great wailing and great sorrow
was then upon each side,
In woful sort they buried
this fair and comely Bride;
And my dissimulation,
herein was quickly try'd;
Alack, etc.

And for this cruel Murther,
to death that I am brought;
For this my aged Father
did end his days in nought;
My Margaret at these tydings,
her own destruction wrought;
Alack, etc.

Loe here the doleful peril,
blind fancy brought me in,
And mark what care and sorrow
forc'd Marriage doth bring;
All men by me be warned,
and Lord forgive my sin;
Alack for my love I shall dye.


London: Printed by and for W. Onley, and A. Milbourn; and sold by the Booksellers of Pye-corner and London-bridge.

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