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I find their haill' affection
So contrair their complexion.

For why ? no leid unleill they leid, 2

Untruth expressly they expel;
Yet they are plenish'd and replete

Of falsehood and deceit thairsell : 3
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

They favour no ways foolish men,

And very few of them are wise ;
All greedy persons they mis-ken,

And they are full of covetise :
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

They would have all men bound and thrall

To them, and they for to be free:
They covet ilk man at their call,

And they to live at liberty:
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

They take delight in martial deeds,

And are of nature tremebund; * Whole. Suffer no unloyal person.

Themselves.

They would men nourish'd all their needs,

Syne, comfortless lets them confound:
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

The virtue of this writ, and vigour,

Made in comparison it is,
That feminine are of this figure,

Which clepit is Antiphrasis :
For why i their haill affection
Is contrair their complexion.

I wot, good women will not wyt' me,

Nor of this schedule be ashamit; For, be they courteous, they will 'quit me;

And gif they crab, here I quyt-clame 2 it: Confessand their affection Conform to their complexion. 1 Blame,

*Disclain.

CLAPPERTON.

A Scotish poet, whose history is unknown, but who appears

to have flourished about 1550. The following specimen is taken from Pinkerton's Anc. Scot. Poems, 1786.

Wo worth marriage !

In Bowdoun,' on black monunday, 2
When all was gatherit to the play,

Both men and women 'semblit there,
I heard a sweet one sigh, and say

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ Maidens, ye may have great pleasance
" For to do Venus observance,

“ Though I inclosit be with care,
“ That I dare neither sing nor dance.

"Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ When that I was a maiden ying, 3 “ Lightly would I dance and sing, * A village on the Tweed, near old Melrose. * Monday.

3 Young

“ And sport and play, bayth late and air.' “ Now dare I nought look to sic thing.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ Thus am I bounden, out of bliss, “ Unto ane churl says I am his,

“ That I dare nought look o'er the stair, Scantly? to give Sir John ane kiss !

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ Now were I ane maiden as I wasTo make me lady of the Bas

And though that I were ne'er so fair, To wedding should I never pass.

Wo worth marriage for evermair !

“ All night I clatter 3 upon my creed, " Prayand to God that I were dead;

“ Or else out of this world he were : “ Then should I see for some remeid.

« Wo worth marriage for evermair!

" Ye should hear tell (and he were gane) " That I should be ane wanton ane.

* Early.

Scarcely.

· Chatter.

“ To leir ? the law of lovis layr 2
“ In our town like me should be nane.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ I should put on my russet gown,
“ My red kirtill, my hose of brown,

“ And let them see my yellow hair Under my curché 3 hingand 4 down.

Wo worth marriage for evermair !

“ Lovers bayth should hear and see,
“ I should love them that would love me;

“ Their hearts for me should ne'er be sair :5 “ But aye unweddit should I be.

6 Wo worth marriage for evermair !".

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Learn. * Hanging

• Doctrine.
s Sore.

VOL. II.

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