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First I will have thyself begin,
Before thou goe any further in ;

Be it weale or woe it shall be so,
This makes a sorrowful heigh ho.

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The bishop fayde, Browne I doo know,

Thou art a young man poore and bare;
Livings on thee I will beítowe :

Let me go on take thee no care.
No, no, quoth Browne, I will not be
A traitour for all christiantie,

Happe well or woe, it shall be fo,
Drink now with a sorrowfull, &c.

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The bishop dranke, and by and by,

His belly burst and he fell downe :
A just rewarde for his traitery.

This was a poflet indeed, quoth Browne !
He ferched the bishop and found the keyes,
To come to the kinge when he did please.'

Alas for woe, &c.

As soon as the king got word of this,

He humbly fell uppon his knee,
And praysed God that he did misse

To tast of that extremity;
For that he did perccave and know,
His clergie would betray him fo :

Alas for woe, &c.

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Alas,

Alas, he said, unhappie realme,

My father and godfather flaine :
My mother banished, O extreame!

Unhappy fate and bitter bayne !
And now like treason wrought for me,
What more unhappie realme can be !

Alas for woe, &c.

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The king did call his nurse to his grace,

And gave her twenty poundes a yeere ;
And trustie Browne too in like case,

He knighted him, with gallant geere ;
And gave him · lands and' livings great,
For dooing such a manly feat,

As he did showe, to the bishop's woe,
Which made, &c.

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When all this treason done and past,

Tooke not effect of traytery ;
Another treason at the last,

They fought against his majestie :
How they might make their kinge away:
By a privie banket on a daye,

Alas for woe, &c.

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7.67. His father was Henry lord Darnley. His godfathers were the duke of Savoy: and Charles IX. king of France, bal neither of these were murdered.

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• Another time' to sell the king

Beyonde the seas they had decreede :
Three noble earlcs heard of this thing,

And did prevent the same with speede.
For a letter came, with such a charme,
That they should doo their king no harme :

For further woe, if they did soe,
Would make a sorrowful heigh hoe.

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The èarle Mourton told the Douglas then;
Take heede

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do not offend the king ; But shew yourselves like honest men

Obediently in every thing :
For his godmother * will not see
Her noble childe misus'd to be

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She will make, &c.

any woe; for if it be so

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God graunt all subjects may be true,

In England, Scotland, every where : That no such daunger may ensue,

To put the prince or state in feare :
That God the highest king may see
Obedience as it ought to be.

In wealth or woe, God graunt it be fo
To avoide the forrowful heigh ho.

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XVII.

THE BONNY EARL OF MURRAY.

A SCOTTISH SONG.

In December 1591, Francis Stewart earl of Bothwell bad made an attempt to seize on the person of his sovereign James VI, but being disappointed, had retired towards the north. The king unadvisedly gave a commission to George Gordon earl of Huntley, to persue Bothwell and his followers with fire and sword. Huntley, under cover of executing that commiffron, took occasion to revenge a private quarrel he had again James Stewart earl of Murray, a relation of Bothwell's

. In the night of Feb. 7. 1592, he beset Murray's house, burnt it to the ground, and flew Murray himself ; a young,

noble. man of the most promising virtues, and the very darling of the people. See Robertson's Hift.

The present lord Murray hath now in his poleffion a pi&ura of his ancestor naked and covered with wounds, which had been carried about, according to the custom of that age, in order to inflame the populace to revenge his death. if this pielere did not flatter, he well deserved the name of the BONNY EARL, for be is there represented as a tall and comely personage. It is a tradition in the family, that Gordon of Bucky gave him a wound in the face : Murray half is piring said, You hae spilt a better face than your awin.Upon this Bucky pointing his dagger at Huntley's breaft

, Swore, You shall be as deep as I ;and forced him to pierce the poor defenceless body.

James did not sufficiently exert himself in punishing the murderers, but I know not any reason for suppofing he was jealous of Murray with his queen.

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