Lord Dernwentwater

No: 208; variant: 208C

  1. THE king has written a broad letter, And seald it up with gold, And sent it to the lord of Derwentwater, To read it if he would.
  2. He sent it with no boy, no boy, Nor yet with eer a slave, But he sent it with as good a knight As eer a king could have.
  3. When he read the three first lines, He then began to smile; And when he read the three next lines The tears began to sile.