Friday, 4 January 2013
The Earl of Lennox at Whorlton Castle.
Base traitor to his country! This vile Earl
Did seek to desolate his native land,
When it our English Blackbeard did withstand;
Proving himself less noble than the churl
Who only sought to lead a quiet life. 5
Our Cleveland was dishonoured when its King
Gave Whorlton Castle to this worthless thing,
Granting his royal neice to him for wife.
Great, too, the error when the lovely Queen
Of Scots allow’d the exile to return 10
Unto the land which he had made to mourn
That such a traitor there had ever been.
Had men in Whorlton’s strongest donjon cell
Caged up the brute for life, it had been well.
George Markham Tweddell