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EXPLANATION

OF

THE OBSOLETE WORDS

USED IN THIS POEM.

ARCHIMAGEthe chief

CHIMAGEthe chief or greatest of magicians or enchanters. Apaid-puid. Appal-affright. Atween-between. Aymalways. Bale-sorrow, trouble, misfortune. Benempt-named. Blazon-painting, displaying. Breme-cold, raw. Carol-to sing songs of joy. Caucus-the north-east wind. Certes-certainly. Dana word prefixed to names. Deftly-skilfully. Depainted-painted. Drowsy-head-drowsiness.

Eath-easy.

Eftsoons-immediately, often, afterwards.
Eke-also.
Fays--fairies.

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EXPLANATION OF OBSOLETE WORDS

Gear or Geer-furniture, equipage, dress.
Glaive-sword. (Fr.)
Glee-joy, pleasure.
Han-have.
Hight-named, called; and sometimes it is used for

is called. See Stanza VII.
Idless-Idleness.
Imp--Child, or offspring; from the Saxon, impan,

to graft or plant.
Kest-for cast.
Lad-for led.
Lea- 1-a piece of land, or meadow.
Libbardleopard.
Lig-to lie.
Lithe-loose, lax.
Losel-a loose idle fellow.
Louting—bowing, bending.
Mell-mingle.
Moe-more.
Moil-labour.
Mote-might.
Muchel, or Mochel-much, great.
Nathless--nevertheless.
Ne-nor.
Needments—necessaries.
Noursling—a child that is nursed.
Noyance-harm.
Perdie (Fr. par Dieu)--an old oath.

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Prankt-coloured, adorned gaily.
Prick'd through the forest-rode through the forest.
Sear-dry, burnt up.
Sheen-bright, shining.
Sicker-sure, surely.
Smackt-savoured.

Soot-sweet, or sweetly.
Sooth-true, or truth.
Stound---misfortune, pang.
Sweltrysultry, consuming with heat.
Swink-to labour.
Thrall-slave.
Transmew'd-transformed.
Vild-vile.
Unkempt (Lat. incomptus)—unadorned.
Ween-to think, be of opinion.
Weet-to know; to weet, to wit.
Whilom-ere-while, formerly.
Wight-man.
Wis, for Wist-to know, think, understand,
Wonne (a Noun)-dwelling.
Wroke-wreakt.

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(N. B. The letter Y is frequently placed in the beginning of a word,

by Spenser, to lengthen it a syllable, and en at the end of a word, for the same reason, as withouten, casten, &c.]

Yborn-born.
Yblent, or blent-blended, mingled.
Y clad-clad.
Y cleped-called, named.
Yfere-together.
Ymolten-melted.
Yode (preter tense of yede) went.

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