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The night was cauld, the carle was wat,
And cadgily ranted and sang.
And I wad nevir think lang."
When wooing they were sa thrang.
And awa wi' me thou sould gang." “ And O!” quoth she, “ann I were as white, As evir the snaw lay on the dike, Ild clead me braw, and lady-like,
And awa with thee Ild gang."
Between the twa was made a plot;
And fast to the bent are they gane.
To speir for the silly poor man.
She gaed to the bed whair the beggar lay,
For some of our geir will be gane.”
Ver. 29, the carline, other copies.
“ Since naithings awa, as we can learn,
And bid her come quickly ben."
“Shes aff with the gaberlunzie man.”
“ O fy gar ride, and fy gar rin,
The wearyfou gaberlunzie man.”
But ay did curse and did ban.
Mean time far hind out owre the lee,
Cut frae a new cheese a whang.
My winsome gaberlunzie man.
“ O kend my minny I were wi' zou,
Aftir the gaberlunzie mon.”
And carrie the gaberlunzie on."
“ Wi' kauk and keel, Ill win zour bread,
Ill bow my leg and crook my knee,
On Thomas Lord Cromwell.
It is ever the fate of a disgraced minister to be forsaken by his friends and insulted by his enemies, always reckuning among the latter the giddy, inconstant multitude. We have here a spurn at fallen 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 Cromwell's commitment to the Tower, June 11, 1540, and that of his being beheaded, July 28, following. A short interval ! but Henry's passion for Catherine Howard would admit of no delay. Notwithstanding our libeller, Cromwell had 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 pobility had shown him the way in every kind of mean and servile compliance. The original copy, printed at London in 1540, is entitled “A newe ballade made of Thomas Crumwel, called Trolle on Away." To it is prefixed this distich by way of burthen,
Trolle on away, trolle on awaye.
Both man and chylde is glad to here tell
Synge trolle on away.
Both crust and crumme came thorowe thy handes, 10
25 Agaynst the churche thou baddest them stycke; Wherfore nowe thou hast touchyd the quycke.
35 And nowe haste thou trodden thy shoo awrye.
Synge, &c. Ver. 32, i. e. Cain, or Ishmael. See below, the note, book v. no. iji.
Who-so-euer dyd winne thou wolde not lose ;
Synge trolle on awaye, syng trolle on away.
V. 41, Cromwell's father is generally said to have been a blacksmith at Putney, but the author of this ballad would insinuate that either he himself, or some of his ancestors, were fullers by trade.
*** The foregoing piece gave rise to a poetic controversy, which was carried on through a succession of seven or eight ballads, written for or against Lord Cromwell. These are all preserved in the Archives of the Antiquarian Society, in a large folio Collection of Proclamations, &c., made in the reigns of King Henry VIII., King Edward VI., Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, King James I., &c.
AN ANCIENT ENGLISH PASTORAL. This beautiful poem, which is perhaps the first attempt at pastoral writing in our language, is preserved among the “ Songs and Sonnettes” of the Earl of Surrey, &c., 4to, in that part of the collection which consists of pieces by “uncertain Auctours." These poems were first published in 1557, ten years after that accomplished nobleman tell a