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“ Sen that I go beguild,
«« This great disease for love I dre,s
“ There is no tongue can tell the woe,
“ I may not mend, but mourning mos
“ Withouten feign, I was his friend,
“In word and work, great God it wait ! 9 " Where he was placed, there list I leynd, 10
“ Doing him service air '1 and late.
* Deceived. Causes. 8 Oft-sithes, i, c. oft-times.
4 Holts are woody hills. Holtis hoar are used in Sir Launfal, Mort Arthur, &c. 6 Endure.
6 I cannot be relieved except by a continuance of mourning. Death. 8 Feud, enmity. 9 Wots, knows.
10 To dwell. Rudd, Gloss, 11 Early VOL. II.
“ He keepand" after syne 2
“ It does me pyne that I may prove,
“ That makis me thus mourning mo.“ My love he loves another love,
“ Alas, sweet-heart, why does he so? “ Why should he me forsake ? “ Have mercy on his make. “ Therefore my heart will burst in two: “ And thus, walking with doe and roe “ My life now here I take.”
Then weeped she, lusty in weed,
And on her wayis gan she went,7 In hie, after that hend8 I yede,
And in my armis could her hent,
· Keeping, watching, guarding against. • Sin, impeachment.
3 Gait, or gate, and way, were formerly synonymous; and the Scotch still use gang your gait, for go your way. 4 State, situation.
5 Pain. 6 Companion, mistress. ; Wend, go. : & Beautiful woman, , Sieze; hende. Sax.
And said, “ Fair lady, at this tide,
“ In waithman' weed sen I you find,
“ In this wood walking, your alone, “ Your milk-white handis we shall bind
" While that the blood burst from the bone. “ Charging you to prison, “ To the king's deep dungeon, “ They may ken by your feather'd flanea “ Ye have been many beastis' bane, “ Upon these bentis brown.”
That free answer'd with fair afeir 3
And said, “ Sir, mercy! for your might! “ Thus mon I bow and arrows bear,
“ Because I am a banish'd wight;
· Hunter, and frequently an outlaw.
[G. Douglas, p. 159, 27.]
[Wintown's Chron. Vol. I. p. 397.] • Arrows. Ruddim. Gloss. • Propriety ? aferir, Fr. is synonymous with convenir.
“ So will I be full lang:
« Though I walk in this forest free,
“ With bow, and eke with feather'd flane, “ It is well more than dayis three
“ And meat or drink yet saw I nane..
“ Sen that I never did you ill,
“ It were no skill ye did me skaith.?
" I win my meat with no such waith.3
• In the eighth stanza, the author uses your alone instead of you alone. · Mischief.
3 Hunting; wæthan. Sax. 4 Seize. Sax.
“ If that ye trow not in my aith
“ I say your bow and arrows bright!
“I bid not have them, by Saint Bride, “ But ye mon rest with me all night,
" All naked, sleeping by my side.” “ I will not do that sin, “ Leif you, this world to win!"“ Ye are so hale of hue and hide,? “ Love has me fanged in this tide, " I may not from you twinn.” 3
Then looked she to me, and lough;4
And said, “ Such love I rede you layn ;s “ Albe ye make it ne'er so tough,
“ To me your labour is in vain. “ Were I out of your sight, “ The space of half a night, “ Suppose ye saw me ne'er again, “ Love has you strain’d with little pain, “ Thereto my truth I plight.”
* Love you! a mode of address. • Skin.
3 Separate. 4 Laughed. • I advise you to dismiss.