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My Rose shall shine in pearle, and golde,

Whilst Ime in armour dighte;
Gay galliards here my love shall dance,

Whilst I my foes goe fighte.

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you, fir Thomas, whom I truste To bee my loves defence ; Be carefull of my gallant Rose

When I am parted hence."

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And therewithall hee fetcht a figh,

As though his heart would breake; And Rofamonde, for very griefe,

Not one plaine word could speake.

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And at their parting well they mighte

In heart be grieved sore :
After that daye faire Rosamonde

The king did see no more,

For when his grace had past the feas,

And into France was gone;
With envious heart, queene Ellinor,

TO Woodstocke came anone,

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And

And forth she calles this trufiye knighte,

In an unhappye houre;
Who with his clue of twined thread,

Came from this famous bower.

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The queene

And when that they had wounded him,

this thread did gette, And went where ladye Rosamonde

Was like an angell fette,

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But when the queene with stedfaft eye

Beheld her beauteous face, She was amazed in her minde

At her exceeding grace,

Cait of from thee those robes, she said,

That riche and costlye bee;
And drinke thou up this deadlye draught,

Which I have brought to thee.

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Then presentlye upon her knees
Sweet Rosamonde did falle

;
And pardon of the queene the cray'd

For her offences all.

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po Take pitty on my youthfull yeares,

Faire Rosamonde did crye ;
And lett mee not with poison Itronge :

Enforced bee to dye,

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I will renounce my sinfull life,

And in some cloyster bide ;
Or else be banisht, if you please,

To range the world foe wide.

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And for the fault, which I have done,

Though I was forc'd theretoe, Preserve my

life and punish mee As you thinke meet to doe."

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And with these words, her lillie handes
She
wrunge

full often there; And downe along her lovelye face

Did trickle many a teare.

But nothing could this furious queene

Therewith appeased bee;
The cup of deadlye poyfon stronge,

As she knelt on her knee,

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Shee gave this comelye dame to drinke;

Who tooke it in her hand,
And from her bended knee arose,

And on her feet did itand :

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And cafting up her cyes to heaven,

Shee did for mercye calle;
And drinking up the poison stronge,

Her life (le lost withalle.

And

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And when that death through everye limbe

Had showde its greatest spite,
Her chiefest foes did plaine confeffe

Shee was a glorious wight,

Her body then they did entomb,

When life was fed away,
At Godstowe, near to Oxford towne,

As may be seene this day,

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VI.

QUEEN ELEANOR'S CONFESSION.

Eleanor the daughter and heiress of William duke of Guienne, and earl of Poictou, had been married sixteen years to Louis VII. king of France, and had attended him in a croifade, which that monarch commanded again;t the infidels ; but having left the affections of her l'ufana, ard even fallen under some jufpicions of gallantry wiris a han jonze Jaracen, Louis more delicate, than politic, procured a divorce from ber, and restored her those rich provinces, which by her marriage jhe had annexed to the crown of France The young count of Anjou, afterwards Henry II. king of Ergland, thoat that time but in his nineteenth year, neither di/couraged by the difparity of age, nor by the reports of Eleanor's gallantry, made Juch successful courtship to that prince/s, rhai be married her fix weeks after her divorce, and gut pullion of all her dominions as a dowry. A marriage th us jounded upon interes was not likely to be very happy : it happened accordingly. EleaVol. II.

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r.or, who had disguffed her first husband by ber gallantriei

, was no less offensive to her second by ber jealousy : thus carrying to extremity, in the different parts of her life, every circumstance of female weakness. She had several fons by Henry, whom she spirited up to rebel against him; and endeavouring to escape to them disguised in man's apparel in 1173, she was discovered and thrown into a confinement, which seems to have continued till the death of her husband in 1189. She however survived him many years : dying in 1204, in the fixth year of the reign of her youngest jon, John. See Hum's Hift. I. 260, 307. Speed, Ștow, &c.

It is needleji to observe, that the following ballad (giver from an old printed copy) is altogether fabulous; whatever gallantries Eleanor encouraged in the time of her for ba? band, none are imputed to her in that of her second.

UEENE Elianor was a ficke woman,

And afraid that she should dye:
Then she fent for two fryars of France

To speke with her speedilye.

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The king calld downe his nobles all,

By one, by two, by three; 66 Earl marshall, Ile

goe

Thrive the queene,
And thou shalt wend with mee."

A boone, a boone; quoth earl marshall,

And fell on his bended knee;
That whatsoever queene Elianor saye,
No harme therof

may

bee.

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