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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard


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An ancient ballad, given in Percy's Reliques, which tells how Lady Barnard, loving Little Musgrave, passes the night with him in her bower at Bucklesford‐Bury. The lovers are overheard by a foot‐page who tells Lord Barnard: he kills Musgrave, then his wife, and is afterwards filled with remorse.

Musgrave is referred to in Beaumont and Fletcher's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Act V, and in D'Avenant's The Wits, iii. iii.

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