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I said, “ My sweet, forsooth I shall
“ For ever love you, and no mo: “ Though others love, and leave withall,
“ Most certainly I do not so. “ I do you true love hecht, “ By all thy beauties bright! “ Ye are so fair— be not my foe! “ Ye shall have sin an ye me slo 2 “ Thus through a sudden sight.”
“ That I you slay, that God forshield !
" What have I done or said yoù till? “ I was not wont weapons to wield
“ But am a woman—if ye will, “ That sorely fearis you, 6 And ye not me I trow. “ Therefore, good sir, take in none ill, “ Shall never bairn gar brief the bill “ At bidding me to bow.3
« Into this wood aye walk I shall,
“ Leading my life as woful wight; “ Here I forsake both bow'r and hall,
“ And all thir bygings 4 that are bright!
• Slay. 8 I do not understand these two lines. + These buildings. Rudd. Gloss.
« My bed is made full cold
These words out through my heart so went,
That near I weeped for her woe,
And said, that it should not be so ;
Then kneeled I before that clear,
And meekly could her mercy crave.
· 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, 1.3. s Go.
6 Shew. 378 This use of the adjective was probably a Gallicism. As the French would say cette belle, this author employs
That seemly then, with sober cheer,
Me, of her goodliness, forgave.
" that hend—that blithe-that clear that seemly." was the usage of the times. ,