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Wythe syke an eyne she swotelie hymm dydd view
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and contente, Fyre enshotynge fromme hys eyne, Ynn hys armes hee dydd herr hente, Lyche the merk-plante doe entwyne.
Soe, gyff thou lovest Pleasure and herr trayne,
OR THE DETHE OF SYR CHARLES BAWDIN.
amble of this act, after stating the attainder by the act 1 Edw. IV. goes on thus: "And also the said Baldewyn, the said first yere of your noble reign, at Bristowe in the shere of Bristowe, before Henry erle of Essex, William Hastyngs, of Hastyngs, knt. Richard Chock, William Canyng, maire of the said towne of Bristowe, and Thomas Yong, by force of your letters patentes to theym and other directe to here and determine all treesons, &c. doon withyn the said towne of Bristowe before the vth day of September the first yere of your said reign, was atteynt of dyvers tresons by him doon ayenst your highness, &c." If the commission sat soon after the. vth of September, as is most probable, king Edwarde might very possibly be at Bristol at the time of sir Baldewyn's execution; for in the interval between his coronation and the parliament which met in November, he made a progress (as the continuator of Stowe informs us, p. 416.) by the South coast in the West, and was (among other places) at Bristol. Indeed there is a circumstance which might lead us to believe, that he was actually a spectator of the execution from the minster window, as described in the poem. In an old accompt of the procurators of St. Ewin's church, which was then the minster, from xx March in the 1 Edward IV. to 1 April in the year next ensuing, is the following article, according to a copy made by Mr. Catcott from the original book.
[This poem is reprinted from the copy printed at London in 1772, with a few corrections from a copy made by Mr. Catcott, from one in Chatterton's hand-writing.
THE feathered songster chaunticleer
The commynge of the morne :
"Thou'rt ryghte," quod hee, "for, by the Godde
The person here celebrated under the name of syr Charles Bawdin was probably sir Baldewyn Fulford, knt. a zealous Lancastrian, who was executed at Bristol in the latter end of
1461, the first year of Edward the Fourth. He was attainted, with many others, in the general act of attainder, 1 Edw. IV, but he seems to have been executed under a special commission for the trial of treasons, &c. within the town of Bristol. The fragment of the old chronicle, published by Hearne at the end of Sprotti Chronica, p. 289, says only, " (1 Edw. IV.) was takin sir Baldewine Fulford and behedid at Bristow." But the matter is more fully stated in the act which passed in 7 Edw. IV. for the restitution in blood and estate of Thomas Ful-Henry VI. was taken in disguised apparel at the Abbey of Salley in Yorkshire, by one Cantelow, in 1465. This is a proof that k. Edward IV. had such a person as sir Cantelow much in bis interest and at his command, and affords some additional proof of the authenticity of the poem. Barrett.
It appears by a MSS. (Rich penes me) that
ford, kut. eldest son of Baldewyn Fulford, late of Fulford, in the county of Devonshire, knt. Rot. Pat. 8 Edw. IV. p. 1, m. 13. The pre7 Advance our waving colours on the wails! Shakspeare, Henry 6, part 1.
Thenne wythe a jugge of nappy ale
Hys knyghtes dydd onne hymm waite; "Goe tell the traytour, thatt to-daie
Hee leaves thys mortall state."
And to syr Charles dydd goe.
Butt whenne hee came, hys children twaine,
86 My honest friende, my fanlte has beene
To serve Godde and mye prynce;
And thatt I no tyme-server am,
My dethe wylle soone convynce.
· Ynne Londonne citye was I borne,
Emblazon onne hys cote:
"I make ne doubte butt hee y's gone Where soone I hope to goe; Where wee for ever shall bee blest,
From oute the reech of woe:
"Hee taughte mee justice and the laws
And eke hee taughte mee howe to knowe
Ne lette my servants dryve awaie
The hungrie fromme my doore:
And none can saye, but alle mye lyfe
I have a spouse, goe aske of her,
I have a kynge, and none can laie
Blacke treason onne my hedde.
"Ynne Lent, and onne the holie eve,
Moste willynglie ynne thye just cause
"Oh fickle people! rewyn'd londe!
Thou wylt kenne peace ne moe;
"Saie, were ye tyr'd of godlie peace,
And mangled by a hynde,
I doe defye the traytor's pow'r,
Hee can ne harm my mynde;
Charles Bawdin's name shall bear;
"Thenne welcome dethe! for lyfe eterne I leave thys mortall lyfe:
Farewell, vayne world, and alle that's deare, Mie sonnes and lovynge wyfe;
"Nowe dethe as welcome to mee comes,
As e'er the moneth of Maie;
Quod Canynge, ""Tys a goodlie thynge
And from thys world of peyne and grefe
And nowe the bell beganne to tolle,
His lovynge wyfe came ynne,
Praie Godde, thatt ev'ry Christian soule
"Sweet Florence! why these brinie teeres?
And almost make mee wyshe for lyfe,
"Tys butt a journie I shalle goe
Thenne Florence, fault'ring ynne her saie,
"Ah, sweete syr Charles! why wylt thou goe," Wythoute thye lovynge wyfe?
The cruelle axe thatt cuttes thy necke,
And nowe the officers came ynne
To brynge syr Charles awaie, Whoe turnedd toe hys lovynge wyfe, And thus to her dydd saie:
"I goe to lyfe, and nott to dethe;
Trust thou ynne Godde above,
Thatt I theyre fader runne:
Florence! shou'd dethe thee take-adieu!
Thenne Florence rav'd as anie madde,
"Oh! staie, mye husbande! lorde! and lyfe!"Syr Charles thenne dropt a teare.
"Tyll tyredd oute wythe ravynge loude,
Uponne a sledde hee mounted thenne,
The other onne Seyncte Powle's goode gate, A dreery spectacle;
Hys hedde was plac'd onne the hyghe crosse, Ynne hyghe-streete most nobile.
Thus was the ende of Bawdin's fate:
Godde prosper longe oure kynge, And grante hee maye, wyth Bawdia's soule, Ynne Heav'n Godd's mercie synge!
And learn the builder's vertues and his name; Of this tall spyre in every countye tell, And with thy tale the lazing rych men shame; Showe howe the glorious Canynge did excelle; How hee good man a friend for kynges becaine, And gloryous paved at once the way to Heaven and fame.
ONN OURE LADIES CHYRCHE.
[From a copy made by Mr. Catcott, from one in Chatterton's hand-writing.]
onn a hylle one eve sittynge,
At oure Ladie's chyrche mouche wonderynge,
Where glassie bubblynge Trymme doth roun."
ON THE SAME.
[From a MS. in Chatterton's hand-writing, furnished by Mr. Catcott, entitled, A Discorse on Bristowe, by Thomas Rowlie.]
STAY, curyous traveller, and pass not bye, Until this fetive pile astounde thine eye. Whole rocks on rocks with yron joynd surveie, And okes with okes entremed disponed lie. This mightie pile, that keeps the wyndes at baie, Fyre-levyn and the mokie storme defie, That shootes aloofe into the reaulmes of daie, Shall be the record of the buylders fame for aie.
Thou seest this maystrie of a human hand, The pride of Brystowe and the westerne lande, Yet is the buylders vertues much moe greete, Greeter than can bie Rowlies pen be scande. Thou seest the saynctes and kynges in stonen state, [pande, That seemd with breath and human soule disAs payide to us enseem these men of slate, Such is greete Canynge's mynde when payrd to God elate.
Well maiest thou be astounde, but view it well; Go not from hence before thou see thy fill,
ON THE DEDICATION OF OUR
[This poem was given by Chatterton in a note to the Parlyamente of Sprytes. The lines are here divided into the ballad length.]
SOONE as bryght Sunne alonge the skyne,
A troop of holie freeres dyd,
Then Carpenter yn scarlette dreste,
From Mastre Canynge hys greate howse
Before hym wente a throng of freeres
Who dyd the masse song synge, Behynde hym Mastre Canynge came, And then a rowe of holie freeres Tryckd lyke a barbed kynge.
Who dyd the mass songe sound;
The chyrche to Godde for aie,
Then alle dyd goe to Canynges house
ON THE MYNSTER. [This poem is reprinted from Barrett's History of Bristol. It is said by Chatterton to be translated by Rowley, "as nie as Englyske wyll serve, from the original, written by Abbot John, who was ynductyd 20 yeares, and dyd act as abbatt 9 yeares before hys inductyon for Phillip then abbatt: he dyed yn M.CC.XV. beynge buryed in his albe in the mynster."]