"Lord Randall," a Scottish traditional song, depicts the story of a man whose heart was shattered by his girlfriend, who also poisoned him. The song is structured in the style of a conversation between Lord Randall and his mother. Because it is composed in slant rhyme and progressive repetition, the poem is easy to recall. September 28, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
It is believed that "Lord Randall" originated as a lament for someone named "Randall", who was probably a young nobleman killed in battle. However, since the song has similarities with other songs, such as "The Bonnie Blue Flag", it is possible that it originally referred to another person or event. July 25, 1605.
In 1723, James MacPherson published an anthology of poems by various authors under the title of "Bardism Triumphant". One of these poems, called "Lord Randall", caused considerable controversy because it included several obscene lines. In order to prove that its publication did not affect the popularity of poetry, MacPherson included "A Chorus from the Ile of Sky" by Robert Burns. This poem had been published earlier but had little impact at the time. May 2, 2016.
This old form of a well-known folk song is a narrative poem in which two characters, Lord Randall and his mother, relate a story through conversation. It was written about 1550 by John Skelton.
Randall is a young nobleman who does not want to marry because he wants to continue to have fun. His mother hopes he will change his mind but instead of changing her son decides to put him in prison where he will meet all kinds of people and learn different opinions. When he gets out of prison he meets a magician who can get him out of any trouble and a beautiful lady who turns out to be the ruler of the country. They all go to live together at the castle where Lord Randall used to work as a servant until he became rich enough to marry someone else. Then they all live happily ever after.
Lord Randall is a character in a novel by John Skelton. He was born in 1460 into an aristocratic family. He loves to joke around and do things that would get him into trouble with his father. When he is 16 years old he escapes from his father's house with his friend Thomas Randall who is also a fugitive from home. They travel around Europe for a while having fun at other people's expense before returning home.
Lord Randall speaks of a shattered heart, and towards the conclusion of the song, we find that he is dying as a result of poisoning by his girlfriend. The last line of the song says "And I will rise from my grave," which some scholars believe refers to his desire to escape his fate.
He was also using her money to play cards for which he did not have the skill. He ended up with nothing.
His death was very sad indeed.
The poem never discloses Lord Randall's lover's motivation for delivering him the poisoned "eels cooked in broo." He tells his mother that his "hunting hounds" may have also consumed the vile eel mixture since they "swelled and died," indicating that the lord may suffer a similar fate. However, it is possible that he was merely feeding them as part of their training.
It has been suggested that she did this out of mercy because she knew that if she were caught she would be executed too. This seems unlikely though since Lady Randolph Churchill told a friend that her father had "no more feeling than a block of wood." It has also been speculated that she might have done it to protect her reputation since others before them had been executed for less. But then again, she was only a teenager when she committed the crime.
As for what happened to her father, historians aren't sure if she played a role in his death. Some believe that she did and that he delivered her the poison himself in order to save her from execution. Others claim that he died of natural causes.