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EBBA 30954

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THE
True Lovers Knot Untied,
Being the right PATH whereby to advise Princely Vergins how
to Behave themselves, by the Example of the Renowned Princess, the Lady
ARABELLA, and the Second SON of the Lord Seymore, late Earl of
Hartford. To the Tune of, Frogs Galliard, etc.
Licensed and Entered according to Order.

AS I to Ireland did pass,
I saw a Ship at anchor lay,
Another Ship likewise there was
which from fair England took her way.

This Ship that saild from fair England,
unknown unto our gracious King,
The Lord Chief Justice did command,
that they to London should her bring.

I drew more near and saw more plain,
Lady Arabella in distress,
She wrung her hands and wept amain,
bewailing of her heaviness.

When near fair London tower she came,
whereas her landing place should be,
The King & Queen with all their train
did meet this Lady gallantly:

How now Arabella, said our King,
unto this Lady straight did say,
Who hath first tyd ye to this thing,
that you from England took your way.

None but my self, my gracious lieg,
these ten long years ive been in love
With the lord Seymors second son,
the Earl of Hartford so we prove.

Though he be not the mightiest Man,
of goods and livings in the land,
Yet I have lands us maintain,
so much your grace doth understand:

My lands and livings are well known
unto your books of Majesty,
Amounts to twelvescore pound a week,
besides what I do give, quoth she.

In Gallant Darby-shire likewise,
I ninescore beadsmen maintain there,
With Hats and Gowns, & House-rent free,
and every man five marks a year.

I never raised Rent, said she,
nor yet opprest the Tennant poor,
I never took no bribes for fines,
for why I had enough before.

Whom of your Nobles will do so,
for to maintain the Commonalty?
Such multitudes would never grow,
nor be such store of Poverty.

I would I had a Milk-maid been,
or born of some more low Degree,
Then I might have loved where I like,
and no man could have kindred me,

Or would I were some Yeomans Child,
for to Receive my portion now,
According unto my Degree,
as other Virgins as I know.

The highest branch that soars aloft,
needs must beshade the Mirtle-tree,
Needs must the shaddow of them both,
shaddow the third in his degree.

But when the tree is cut and gone,
and from the ground is bore away,
The lowest tree that there doth stand,
in time may grow as high as they.

Once when I thought to have been Queen
but yet that still I do deny,
I knew your grace had right to th crown,
before Elizabeth did dye,

You of the eldest Sister came,
I of the second in degree,
The Earl of Hartford of the third,
a man of Royal blood was he.

And to good night my Soveraign Liege,
since in the tower I must lye,
I hope your grace will condescend
that I may have my liberty.

Lady Arabella (said our King)
I to your freedom would consent,
If you would turn and go to Church
there to receive the Sacrament.

And so good night Arabella fair
Our King replyd to her again,
I will take counsel of my Nobility
that you your freedom may obtain.

Once more to Prison must I go,
Lady Arabella then did say,
to leave my love breeds all my woe,
the which will be our lives decay.

Love is a knot none can unknit,
Fancy a liking of the heart,
Him whom I love I cannot forget,
though from his presence I must part.

the meanest people enjoy their Mates
but I was born unhappily,
For being crost by cruel fates
I want both love and liberty.

But death I hope will end the strife,
farewel farewel my love (quoth she)
Once I had thought to have been thy wife,
but now am forcd to part with thee.

at this sad Meeting she had cause
in heart and mind to grieve full sore,
after that time Arabella fair
did never see lord Seymor more.


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by the Booksellers of London.

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