Lord Dernwentwater

No: 208; variant: 208G

  1. THE king has wrote a long letter, And sealed it with his han, And he has sent it to my lord Dunwaters, To read it if he can.
  2. The very first line he lookit upon, It made him to lauch and to smile; The very next line he lookit upon, The tear from his eye did fall.
  3. ‘As for you, my auldest son, My houses and my land; And as for you, my youngest son, Ten thousand pound in hand.
  4. ‘As for you, my gay lady, You being my wedded wife, The third of my estate I will leave to you, For to keep you in a lady’s life.’