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And fast to the bent are they gane.
Up the morn the auld wife raise,
And at her leisure put on her claiths,
Syne to the servants bed she gaes

To fpeir for the filly poor man.

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She gaed to the bed, whair the beggar lay,
The ftrae was cauld, he was away,
She clapt her hands, cryd, dulefu' day !

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For some of our geir will be gane.
Some ran to coffers, and some to kits,
But nought was stown that could be mist/ Ø
She dancid her lane, cryd, praise be blest,
I have lodgd a leal poor man.

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Since naithings awa, as we can learn,
The kirns to kirn, and milk to earn,
Gae butt the house, lafs, and waken my bairn,

And bid her come quickly ben,
The servant gaed where the dochter lay, 45
The sheets was cauld, she was away,
And fast to her goodwife can say,

Shes aff with the gaberlunzie-man.

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The gaberlunzie to carrie----0.
Ill bow my leg and crook my knee,
And draw a black clout owre my ee,
A criple or blind they will cuu me:

While we fall fing and be merrie ---0.

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XI.

ON THOMAS LORD CROMWELL.

It is ever the fate of a disgraced minister to be forsaken by his friends, and insulted by his enemies, ulways reckoning among the latter the giddy inconstant multitude. We bave here a Spurn at falien greatness from some angry partisan of declining popery, who could never forgive the downfall of their Diana, and loss of their craft. The ballad seems to have been composed between the time of Croinauc!l's commitment to the tower, June 11. 1540, and that of his being beheaded July 28. following. A short interfual! but Henry's passion for Catharine Howard would admit of no delay. Notwithstanding our libeller, Cromwell kad many excellent qualities; his great fault was too much obsequiousness to the arbitrary will of his master; but let it be considered that this master had raised him from obscurity, and that the high-born nobility had shewn him the way in every kind of mean and servile compliance. The original copy printed at London in 1540, is intitled, A newe ballade " made of Thomas Crumwel, called TROLLE ON AWAY.” So it is prefixed this diffich by way of burthen,

Trolle on away, trolle on awaye.
Synge heave and howe rombelowe trolle on away.

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