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An Answere to the Proclamation of



HE following curious Ballad * is locally inter

esting, since it relates to the Rebellion of 1569, in which the principal parties were

Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland, and U

Charles Neville, Earl of Westmoreland, for the purpose of liberating the Queen of Scotland, and the restoration of the Roman

Catholic Religion. The first overt act of the Rebels was committed at Durham, where the bibles and prayer books were rent and destroyed; and after a rapid march to Clifford Moor, they mustered all their forces ; but unsupported by the Catholics in every other part of the kingdom, disappointed of promised aid from without, and wanting both talent and money for such an enterprise, they suddenly retreated.

“ Most shallowly did you these arms commence,

Fondly brought here, and foolishly sent hence!” They then laid seige to Barnard Castle, which was gallantly defended by Sir George Bowes, for ten days ; thus giving time for the Earl of Sussex, lord president of the North, to advance with the forces collected at York, and supported by the army of the South, under the command of the Earl of Warwick.

The rebels, disappointed and disheartened, did not wait to meet the Queen's army, but dispersed and fled on their approach. The Earls and their principal followers took refuge in Scotland. The Earl of Northumberland perished on the scaffold, at York, 22nd August, 1572; and the Earl of Westmoreland escaped to Flanders, and passed the remainder of his life in exile, on the slender and precarious bounty

• In the British Magazine for April, 1833, p. 417, a quotation is given from a churchWarden's accounts, in “ 1570, Item, for vij. ballys consarneng ye Rebells, to be soung, vijd." which would tend to the conclusion, that ballads, similar to the present, were published by authority.

There are two copies of this black letter metrical tract, (which is of the utmost rarity) at Cambridge: one is in the public library of the University, and the other in the library of St. John's College ; and many years ago, a copy was in Longman's Catalogue, which sold at a high price. The Editor is indebted to the kindness of Thomas Wright, esq. M. A. author of “Elizabeth and her Times,” (through the permission of the author of the memorials of the rebellion of 1569) for the present transcript from the first named copy.

of the King of Spain; and subject to every contumely, discomfort, and privation.

“I have lived long enough: my way of life

Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf;
And that which should accompany old age,
As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,

I must not look to have."
He died at Newport, in Flanders, on the 16th of November, 1601.

The immediate subject of this ballad, is a commentary on the first proclamation, issued by the earls of Northumberland and Westmoreland :-viz.

“WE, Thomas, Earl of Northumberland, and Charles, Earl of Westmoreland, the Queen's true and faithful subjects, to all the same of the old Catholick Religion. Know yee, that we, with many other well disposed persons, as well of the Nobility, as others, have promised our faiths in the furtherance of this our good meaning. Forasmuch, as divers disordered and evil disposed persons, about the Queen's Majesty, have by their subtil and crafty dealing to advance themselves, overcome in this our realm the true and catholick religion towards God: and by the same abused the Queen, disordered the Realm, and now lastly, seek and procure the destruction of the Nobility: We therefore have gathered our selves together to resist by force; and the rather by the help of God and you, good People; and to see redress of these things amiss, with restoring of all ancient Customs and Liberties to God's church, and this noble realm: Lest if we should not do it our selves, we might be reformed by strangers, to the great hazzard of the state of this our Country; whereunto we are all bound."-Strype's Annals, vol. I. c. 54, p. 547.

In the dispatches of “la Mothe-Fénélon,” the French Ambassador, this proclamation it is stated to have been signed by Northumberland, Westmorelande, and nine others; and in the “ Apuntamientos para la historia del Rey Don Felipe Segundo de Espana” it is signed by Tomas, Conde de Nortumberland. El Conde de Vestmorland. Christobal N. Duel. (Christopher Nevill). Ricardo Noturn, (Richard Norton). Egmundo Rateis, &c. (Egremond Ratcliffe, &c.)




** LORDE stretch out thy mightye hande

Against this raging route,
And save our prince, our state and land

Which they doe go aboute,
For to subvert and overthrowe

And make this realme a pray,
For other nations here to growe;

What so like fooles they say.
You doe imagine (I suppose)

Yourselves Princes to be
Or else your stile should not be so

To sende it out with WE.

The princes phrase ye take in hande

O well disposed men :
A traytor first that worde so spake

And he that rulde the Pen.
Hir faythfull subiects ye protest

Yourselves in wordes to bee,
Bnt marke I pray you how your deedes

Doe with your wordes agree.
Can you hir love, and eke obey,

As subjectes in their guise,
When you against hir will and minde,

With force of armes doe rise.

To all the olde and Catholike

That be of such religion
As you be that be franticke madde,

And foolish of opinion.
You write that they your minde may know

And you their minde againe,
Whether they meane to take your part

And so in fielde be slaine
No faithfull man you may be sure

Will lyke your crooked style :
Also your trayne if they be wise

Will lyke it, but a whyle,


Chorath, Dathan, and Abiram,

Or else Achitophell With Absolon, Adoniah

Of their olde faith ye smell.
Indeede your old religion

Is waxen stale for age,
Ye meane to make it new againe

With mighty Rebels rage;
You shall have much adoe be sure

Though you thinke nothing so :
You have to long a time sat still

And suffered truth to growe.

When God and prince is ioynde in one

For to defende the truth
And you against them stande in fielde,

Marke then what it ensuth :
The ruine of the contrarie

Must needes with speede be seene
For troubling still the flocke of Christ

And such a quiet queene.
What nobles are they that ye have

With you to take your parts,
They may be noble well by name,

But farre from noble harts.

Belyke ye would make men in doubt

That some doe beare the face
To love their prince, and yet at neede

To turne unto your case.
0 hatefull men unto the blouds

That alwayes bene trewe, If you

have such, then name them out From Judas' line, the Jewe. That they with speede may hang themselves,

For treason to their Prince,
A doubtfull denne that so blowth out-

A poysonde nursing stinche.

Such as you be, hir noble grace

Hath trusted over long,
For nowe you thinke that in the fielde

For hir ye are to strong.

It may be so, the nobles mo

Both fathers and their sonnes
Be puissant men to beare a Crosse

Out of the noble Nortounes.
You say your faythes is promised

In this your enterprise,
Eche unto eche, to further forth

Your meaning good and wise.

What fayth is that what doe you meane ?

When fayth to Prince is broke ? You meane to pull your neckes from tye

Of gentle princes yoke : And set yourselves at libertie

And eke your rowte so rude
So that to royal dignitie

Eche shall himself intrude
For this ye may right well beleve

Not woorst in all your ranke
But thinkes himselfe as good as ye,

And lookes for as much thanke.

You say hir grace is led by such

As wicked are and evil.
By whom I pray you, are ye led

I may say, by the Devil.
Whom would ye poynt to leave hir grace ?

If ye might have your choyse
The Pope I thinke, your father chiefe,

Should have your holy voyse.
And then she should be led indeede,

As lamb for to be slaine
Wo worth such heades, as so would fee

Hir grace for all hir paine.

But this I would ye should me tell

When she came to hir throne, What was she then of age or wit ?

Give answere every one ?
Was not hir age so competent

And eke hir head so wise
As none that heard, or did hir knowe,

Could more in hir devise ?

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