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What thing doth please thee most?
“ To gaze on beautye stille." Whom dost thou thinke to be thy foe?
Disdayn of my good wille."
Doth companye displease?
" Yea, surelye, many one." Where doth Desire delight to live ?
« He loves to live alone."
Doth either tyme or age
Bringe him unto decaye?
66 Ten thousand times a daye.”
Then, fond Desire, farewelle,
Thou art no mate for mee;
With such a one as thee.
$IR ANDRE W B A R T O N.
I cannot give a better relation of the fact, which is the subject of the following ballad, than in an extract from a very elegant work lately offered to the public. See Mr. Guzbrie's New Peerage, 4to. Vol. I. p. 22. VOL. II.
“ The transaction which did the greatest honour to the earl of Surrey * and his family at this time [ A. D. 1511.) was their behaviour in the case of Barton, a Scotch sea officer. This gentleman's father having suffered by sea from the Por. tuguese, he had obtained letters of marque for his two Sons to make reprisals upon the subjeets of Portugal. It is extremely probable, that the court of Scotland granted these letters with no very bones intention. The council board of England, at which the earl of Surrey held the chief place, was daily peftered with complaints from the sailors and merchants, that Barton, who was called Sir Andrew Barton, under pretence of searching for Portuguese goods, interrupted the English navigation. Henry's situation at that time rendered him backward from breaking with Scotland, so that their complaints were but coldly received. The earl of Surrey, however, could not fmother his indignation, but gallantly declared at the council board, that while he had an estate that could furnih out a ship, or a fun' that was capable of commanding one, the narrow seas should not be infested.
“ Sir Andrew Barton, wha commanded the two Scotch pips, had the reputation of being one of the ableft sea-officers of his time. By his depredations, he had amassed great wealth, and his ships were very richly laden. Henry, notwithstanding his situation, could not refuse the generous offer made by the earl of Surrey. Two ships were immediately fitted out, and put to sea with letters of marque, under his two fons, Sir Thomas † and Sir Edward Howard. After en• countering a great deal of foul weather, Sir Thomas came up with the Lion, which was commanded by Sir Andrew Barton in person; and Sir Edward came up with the Union, Barton's other ship, [called by Hall, the bark of Scotland.) The engagement which ensued rvas extremely obftinate on both fides; but at last the fortune of the Howards prevailed. Sir Andreru was killed fighting bravely, and encouraging bis
Afterwards created Duke of Norfolk. † Called by old hitorians lord Howard, afterwards created carl of Surrey in his father's life-time.
mer with his whiffle, to hold out to the last; and the two Scotch ships with their crews, were carried into the river Thames, (Aug. 2, 1511.]
“ This exploit bad the more merit, as the two English commanders were in a manner volunteers in the service, by their father's order. But it seems to have laid the foundation of Sir Edward's fortune; for on the 7th of April, 1512, the king constituted him (according to Dugdale) admiral of England, Wales, &c.
King James * infifted upon satisfaction for the death of Barton, and capture of bis ship: tho Henry had generously dismissed the crews, and even agreed that the parties accused might appear in his courts of admiralty by their attornies, to vindicate themselves.” This affair was in a great measure the cause of the battle of Flodden, in which James IV. loft his life.
IN the following ballad will be found perhaps some few de. viations from the truth of history : to attone for which it has probably recorded many lefjer facts, which history hath not condescended to relate. I take many of the little circumstances of the story to be real, because I find one of the most unlikely to be not very remote from the truth. In Pt. 2. v. 156. it is said, that England had before “ but two ships of war. Now the GREAT HARRY had been built but seven years before, viz. in 1504: which“ was properly speaking :be for jisip in " the English navy. Before this period, when the prince “ wanted a fleet, he had no other expedient but hiring faips " from the merchants.” Hume.
The following copy (which is given from the Editor's folio MS. and
seems to have been written early in the reign of Elizabeth) will be found greaily Superior to the vulgar ballad, which is evidently modernized and abridged from it. Some few deficiences are however supplied from a black-letter copy of the latter in the Pepys collection,
THE FIRST PART.
HEN Flora with her fragrant flowers
« Bedeckt the earth so trim and gaye, • And Neptune with his daintye showers
• Came to present the monthe of Maye; King Henrye rode to take the ayre,
Over the river of Thames paft hee; When eighty merchants of London came,
And downe they knelt upon their knee.
“ O yee are welcome rich merchants ;
Good faylors, welcome unto me." They swore by the rood, they were faylors good,
But rich merchants they colde not bee: " To France, nor Flanders dare we pass;
Nor Bourdeaux voyage dare we fare ; And all for a rover, that lyes on the seas, 15
Who robbs us of our merchant ware.”
King Henrye frownd, and turned him rounde,
And swore by the Lord, that was mickle of might, “ I thought he had not been in the world,
Durst have wrought England such unright.” 29 The merchants fighed, and said, alas !
And thus they did theire answer frame, Hee is a proud Scott, that robbes on the seas, And Sir Andrewe Barton is his name.
# From the pr. copy.
The king lookt over his left shoulder,
And an angrye looke then looked hee:
Will fetch yond traytor unto mee ?”
Yea, that dare I with heart and hand;
Myselfe wil be the only man.
Thou art but yong; the king replyed :
Yond Scott hath numbred manye a yeare,
Or before my prince I will never appeare.".
And chuse them over my realme so free;
To guide the great thipp on the sea,
The first man, that lord Howard chose,
Was the ableft gunner in all the rea'me,
Good Peter Simon was his name.
To bring home a traytor live or dead :
Of a hundred gunners to be head,