"O heavy news!" King James did say, "Scotland may witness be I have not any captain more Of such account as he!"
Like tidings to King Henry came Within as short a space, That Piercy of Northumberland Was slain in Chevy Chase.
"Now God be with him!" said our king, "Sith 'twill no better be, I trust I have within my realm Five hundred as good as he!
"Yet shall not Scots nor Scotland say But I will vengeance take, And be reveng-ed on them all For brave Earl Piercy's sake."
This vow the king did well perform After on Humble Down; In one day fifty knights were slain, With lords of great renown,
And of the rest of small account, Did many hundreds die: Thus ended the hunting in Chevy Chase Made by the Earl Piercy.
God save our king, and bless this land With plenty, joy, and peace, And grant henceforth that foul debate Twixt noble men may cease!
Be it right or wrong, these men among On women do complain; Affirming this, how that it is A labour spent in vain To love them wele; for never a dele They love a man again: For let a man do what he can, Their favour to attain, Yet, if a new to them pursue, Their first true lover than Laboureth for naught; and from her thought He is a banished man.