The Loving Ballad of Lord Bateman
If my own Sophia.
So called doubtless from the mosque of St. Sophia, at Constantinople; her father having professed the Mahomedan religion.]
_Then up and spoke this young bride's mother,
Who never vos heerd to speak so free._
This is an exquisite touch of nature, which most married men, whether of noble or plebeian blood, will quickly recognise. During the whole of her daughter's courtship, the good old lady had scarcely spoken, save by expressive smiles and looks of approval. But now that her object is gained, and her daughter fast married (as she thinks), she suddenly assumes quite a new tone, "and never was heerd to speak so free." It would be diff