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I said, “ My sweet, forsooth I shall
“ For ever love you, and no mo. “ Though others love and leave withal,
“ Maist certainly I do not so. “ I do you true love hecht,' “ By all thy beauties bright!
6 Ye are so fair-be not my foe!
“ Ye shall have sin and ye me slo * “ Thus through ane sudden sight.”
“ That I you slay, that God forshield ! " What have I done or said
till? “I was not wont weapons to wield ;
“ But am a woman, gif ye will, “ That sorely fearis you, " And ye not me, I trow.
Therefore, good sir, take in none ill, “ Shall never berne gar breif the bill “ At bidding me to bow. 3
“ Into this wood aye walk I shall,
“ Leadand my life as woful wight : “ Here I forsake bayth bower and hall,
“ And all thir bygings that are bright!
“ My bed is made full cold
“ That gars me say, bayth day and night, 166 Alas that ever the tongue should hecht “ That heart thought not to hold !"
These words out through my heart so went,
That near I weepit for her wo.
And said that it should not be so.
Saying, “ Sweet-hearts of harmis ho! 4 “ Found 5 shall I ne'er this forest fro “ While ye me comfort kyth.”6
Then kneelit I before that clear,"
And meekly could her mercy crave. That seemly 8 then, with sober cheer,
* Brim, fierce. Rudd. Gloss. Quickly.
4 An interjection, commanding to desist or leave off, Rudd. Gloss. “ That can of wrath and malice never ho."
[G Doug. Virg. p. 148, 1. 2.]
3 7 8 This use of the adjective was probably a Gallicism. As the French would say cette belle, this author employs
Me, of her goodliness, forgave.
There might no hearts mair joy receive,
Nor' either could of other have.
that hend—that blithe-that clear-that seemly. Such was the use of the times,