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With that the lords and the
round With hearty laughter were readye to swound; At laft fayd the lords, Full well wee may see, The bride and the beggar's beholden to thee.
On this the bride all blufhing did rise,
if this be thy father, the nobles did say,
Well may he be proud of this happy day; : Yett by his countenance well may wee see,
His birth and his fortune did never agree :
And therfore blind man, we pray thee bewray,
“ Then give me leave, nobles and gentles, each one,
" [Sir Simon de Montfort my subject shal bee;
80 " When
“ When the barons in armes did king Henrye oppose, “ Sir Simon de Montfort their leader they chose; “ A leader of courage undaunted was hee, * And oft-times hee made their enemyes flee.
“ At length in the battle on Eveshame plaine 85 “ The barons were routed, and Montfort was slaine; “ Molte fatall that battel did prove unto thee, “ Thoughe thou waft not borne then, my prettye Bessee!
“ Along with the nobles, that fell at that tyde, “ His eldest sonne Henrye, who fought by his fide, 90 “ Was fellde by a blowe, he receivde in the fight?
A blowe that deprivde him for ever from fight.
“ Among the dead bodyes all lifeleffe he laye,
“ A barons faire daughter stept forth in the nighte “ To search for her father, who fell in the fight, “ And seeing yong Montfort, where gafping he laye, “ Was moved with pitye, and brought him awaye. 100
“ In fecrette the nurst him, and fwaged his paine, “ While hee through the realme was beleevd to be laine; “ At lengthe his faire bride thee consented to bee, “ And made him glad father of prettye Beffee.
" And nowe left oure foes oure lives sholde betraye, 105 “ We clothed ourselves in beggars arraye ; “ Her jewelles shee folde, and hither came wee : “ All our comfort and care was our prettye Bessee. ]
“ And here have we lived in fortunes despite, 109
Thoughe meane, yet contented with humble delighte: “ Thus many longe winters nowe have I beene “ The fillye blinde beggar of Bednall-greene.
“ And' here, noble lordes, is ended the songe “ Of one, that once to your owne ranke did belong : “ And thus have you learned a secrette from mee, 115 “ That ne'er had beene knownė, but for prettye Bessee.”
Now when the faire companye everye one,
With that the sweete maiden they all did embrace,
Thus was the feast ended with joye, and delighte, 12;
THE STURDY ROCK.
This poem, subscribed M. T. (perhaps invertedly for 1. Marshall*,) is preferved in the The Paradise of dainfu devises, quoted above in pag. 150.-The two first fianzas may be found accompanied with mufical notes in - An bowires recreation in muficke, &c. “ by Richard Alifon, Lond. 1606
. 460. :" usually bound up with 3 or 4 sets of " Madrigals set to music by Tho. Weelkes. Lond. 1597. 1600. 1608, 4tr" One of these madrigals is to compleat an example of the Ba. thos, that I cannot forbear presenting it to the reader.
Thule, the period of cosmographie,
Doth vaunt of Hecla, whose fulpburious fire Doth melt the frozen clime, and thaw the skie,
Trinacrian Ætnas flames ascend not hier : These things seeme wondrous, yet more I, Whose hart with feare doth freeze, with love dotb figu The Andelufian merchant, that returnes
Laden with cutchinele and china dishes,
Amidst an ocean full of flying fishes :
Whole hart with feare doth freeze, with love doth fry: Mr. Weelkes seems to bave been of opinion with many of his brethren of later times, that nonjenje was beft adapted to difplay the powers of musical composure.
• Vid, Atben. Oxon. Pe 152. 336.
HE sturdy rock for all his strength
By raging seas is rent in twaine :
With little drops of drizling rain :
The stately ftagge, that seemes so stout,
By yalping hounds at bay is set:
Is caught at length in fowlers net:
Yea man himselfe, unto whose will
All thinges are bounden to obey,
Doth fade at length, and fall away.
But vertue fits triumphing till
Upon the throne of glorious fame :
Yet hurts he not his vertuous name :