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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

you

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

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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!

2 Slay.

1 Promise.
3 I do not understand these two lines.
4 These buildings. Rudd, Gloss.

“ My bed is made full cold
“ With beastis brymer and bold :

“ 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.
But thereto would I not consent,

And said that it should not be so.
Into my armis swythe
Embracit I that blithe, 3

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,

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* 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.]

5 Go.

6 Shew.

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.
It was no need, I wis,
To bid us other kiss;

There might no hearts mair joy receive,

Nor' either could of other have.
Thus brought were we to bliss.

that hendthat blithe-that clear-that seemly. Such was the use of the times,

1 Than.

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SPECIMENS, fc.

Henry VIII.

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