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To lyft me up that I might fly to follow Out by these eyes, it sheweth that ever. my desyre.

more delight; Thus of that hope that doth my lyfe some. In plaint and teares to seek redress, and thyng susteyne,

(remaine. eke both day and night. Alas I fear, and partly feel full little doth Those kindes of pleasures most wherein Eche place doth bring me griese where I men soe rejoice, doe not bebold,

To me they do redouble still of stormy Those lively eyes which of my thoughts, sighes ihe voire. were wont the keys to hold.

For, I am one of them, whom plaint doth Those thoughts were pleasant sweet whilst well content, I enjoy'd that grace,

It fits me well my absent wealth me My pleasure past, my present pain, when semes for to lament, I might well embrace.

And with my teares t'assy to charge And for because my want should more myne eyes twayne, my woe increase,

Like as my hart above the brink is In watch and sleep both day and night fraughted full of payne. m.y will doth never cease.

And for because thereto, that these fair That thing to wishe whereof synce I did eyes do treate, lose the sight,

Do me provoke, I will returne, my plaint Was never thing that mought in ought thus to repeate;

(within, iny wofull hart delight.

For there is nothing els, so toucheth me Th' ancasy life I lead doth teach me for Where they rule all, and I alone, nough to mete,

but the case or skin. The floods, the seas, the land, the hills, Wherefore I shall returne to them as well that doth them intermete,

or spring, Twene me and those shene lights that From whom descends my mortall wo, wonted for to clere,

above all other thing. My darked pangs of cloudy thoughts as So shall myne eyes in paine accompany bright as Phebus sphere;

my heart, It teacheth me also, what was my plea. That were the guides, that did it lead of sant state,

love to feel the smart. The more to feele by such record how the crisped gold that doth surmount that my welth doth bate.

Appolloe's pride, If such record (alas) provoke the infamed The lively streames of pleasant starts that mynde,

under it doth glyde, Which sprung that day that I dyd leave Wherein the beaines of love doe still the best of me behynde,

increase theire heate, If love forgeat himselfe by length of Which yet so far touch me to near in cold absence let,

to make me sweat, Who doth me guid (0 wofull wretch) The wise and pleasant take, so rare or unto this baited net :

else alone, Where doth encrease my care, much That gave to me the curties gyst, that better were for me,

earst had never none, As dumm as stone all things forgott, still Be far from me alas, and every other absent for to be.

thing, Alas the clear christall, the bright tran. I might forbear with better will, then splendant glasse,

this that did 'me bring. Doth not bewray the colours hid which With pleasand woord and cheer, redress underneath it base.

of lingred payne, As doth theu accumbred sprite the And wonted oft in kindled will, to vertue thoughtfull throwes discover, 'D

me to trayne. Of leares delyte of fervent love that in Thus am I forc'd 'to hear and hearken our hartes we covei,

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My comfort scant, my large desire in Wherefore come death and let me dyc. doubtful trust renews.

The shorter life, less count I finde, And yet with more delight to move my The less account the sooner made, wofull case,

The account soon made, the merier mind, I must complaine these hands, those The merier mynd doth thought evade;

armes, that firmly do embrace, Short life in truth this thing doth trye, Me from myself

, and rule the sterne of Wherefore come death and let me dye. my poor life,

Come gentle death, the ebbe of care, The sweet disdaynes, the pleasant wrathes, The ebbe of care, the flood of life, and eke the holy strise,

The flood of life, the joyful fare, That wonted well to tune in temper just The joyful fare, the end of strife, and mete,

The end of strife, that thing wish I, The rage, that oft did make me err by Wherefore come death and let me die

furour undiscrete. All this is hid from me with sharp and

ragged hills, At others will my long abode, my depe THEAGED LOVER RENOUNCETII dyspayr fulfills.

LOVE. And of my hope sometime ryse up by some redresse,

I LOTHE that I dyd love, It stumbleth straite for feable faint my In youth that I thought swete, fear hath such excesse.

As time requires for my behove, Such is the sort of hoape, the less for Methinks they are not mete. more desyre,

My lustes they do me leave, And yet I trust e're that I dye, to see my fancies all are fled, that I require.

And tract of time begynnes to weave The resting place of love, where virtue Gray heares upon my hed. dwells and growes,

For age with stealing steppes There I desire my weary life sometime Hath clawde me with his crouche, may take repose,

And lusty lyfe away she leapes My song thou shalt attaine, to find the As there had been none such. pleasant place,

My muse doth not delight Where she doth live by whom I live, may Me as shc dyd before, chance to have this grace.

My hand and pen are not in plight, When she hath read and seen, the griefe As they have been of yore. wherein I serve,

For reason me denyes Between her brests she shall thee put, This youthly ydle ryme, there shall she thee reserve.

And day by day to me cryes, Then tell her, that I come, she shail me Leave of these toyes in tyme. shortly see,

The wrinkles in my browe,
And if for waight the body fayl, the soul The furrows in my face,
shall to her flee.

Say lymping age will lodge hym now,
Where youth must geve him place.

The harbinger of death,

To me I see him ride, THE LONGER LIFE THE MORE The cough, the cold, the gasping breath OFFENCE

Doth byd me to provyde

A pickax and a spade
The longer life the more offence And eke a shrowding shete,
The more offence the greater paine, A house of clay for to be made
The greater paine the lesse defence, For such a geaste most mete.
The lesse defence the lesser gaine ;

Methinkes I hear the clarke
The loss of gaine long yll doth trye,

That knoles the carefull knell,

And byddes me leave my woful warke,

Would not depart; for in her Ere nature me compell.

heart My kepers knit the knot,

She loved but him alone,
That youth did laugh to skorne,
Of me that cleane shall be forgot,

Then between us let us discuss As I had not been borne.

What was all the manner Thus must I youth geve up,

Between them two : we will also Whose badge I long dyd weare,

Tell all the pain, and fear, To them I yelde the wanton cup,

That she was in. Now I begin, That better may it beare.

So that ye me answer ; Lo, here the bare hed skull,

Wherefore, all ye, that present be By whose balde signe I know,

I pray you, give an ear. That stouping age away shall pull

“I am the knight ; I come by Which youthful yeres did sowe.

night, For beauty with her band

As secret as I can; These croked cares hath wrought,

Saying, alas! thus standeth the And shipped me into the land,

case, From whence I fyrst was brought

I am a banished man."
And ye that byde behinde,
Have ye none other trust

SHE. —And I your will for to fulfil
As ye of clay were cast by kynd,

In this will not refuse ; So shall ye waste to dust.

Trustying to shew, in wordés few,

That men have an ill use (To their own shame) women to

blame, (ANONYMOUS. 1521.)

And causeless them accuse ;

Therefore to you I answer now, THE NUT-BROWN MAID.

All women to excuse, Be it right or wrong, these men among

Mine own heart dear, with you Of women do complain ;

what cheer ? Affirming this, how that it is


pray you, tell anon; A labour spent in vain,

For, in my mind, of all man To love them well ; for never a deal

kind They love a man again :

I love but you alone.
For let a man do what he can,
Their favour to attain,

He.-It standeth so; a deed is do
Yet, if a new do them pursue,

Whereof great harm shall grow Their first true lover then

My destiny is for to die Laboureth for nought ; for from their

A shamesul death, I trow; thought

Or else to flee : the one must be. He is a banished man.

None other way I know,

But to withdraw as an outlaw, I say not nay, but that all day

And take me to my bow. It is both writ and said,

Wherefore adieu, my own heart That woman's faith is, as who saith,

true! All utterly decayed ;

None other rede I can : But, nevertheless, right good witness

For I must to the green wood In this case might be laid,

go, That they love true, and continue :

Alone a banished man. Record the Nut-brown Maid : Which, when her love came, her to Sue-0 Lord, what is this worldys prove,

bliss, To her to make his moan,

That changeth as the moon !


My Summer's day in lusty May

Your wanton will for to fulfil,
Is derked * before the noon.

In green wood you to play ;
I hear you say, Farewell : nay,

And that ye might from your nay,

delight We départ not so soon.

No longer make delay.
Why say ye so? whither will ye Rather than ye should thus for me

Be called an ill woman,
Alas! what have you done !

Yet would I to the green wood
All my welfare to sorrow and


Alone, a banished man.
Should change, If you were
gone ;

SHE.-Though it be song of old and
For in my mind, of all mankind

young, I love but you alone.

That I should be to blame,

Theirs be the charge, that speak HL-I can believe, it shall you grieve,

so large
And somewhat you distrain ;

In hurting of my name :
But, afterward, your paynes hard For I will prove that faithful love
Within a day or twain

It is devoid of shame ;
Shall soon aslaket: and ye shall In your distress, and heaviness,

To part with you, the same : Comfort to you again.

And sure all those, that do not Why should ye ought ? for to make


True lovers are they none;
Your labour were in valn.

For, in my mind, of all mankind
And thus I do ; and pray you to,

I love but you alone.
As hart'ly, as I can;
For I must to the green wood go, HE.-I counsel you, remember how,
Alone, a banished man.

It is no maiden's law,

Nothing to doubt, but to run out SHE. Now, sith that ye have shewed to

To wood with an outlaw :

For ye must there in your hand The secret of your mind,

I shall be plain to you again,

A bow, ready to draw,
Like as ye shall me find.

And, as a thief, thus must you
Sith it is so, that ye will go,

live, I will not leve behind;

Ever in dread and awe; Shall never be said, the nut-brown Whereby to you great harm might maid

grow :
Was to her love unkind :

Yet had I lever * than,
Make you ready, for so am I,

That I did to the green wood go,
Although it were anon;

Alone, a banished man.
For, in my mind, of all mankind,
I love but you alone.

SHE-I think not nay, but as ye say,

It is no maiden's lore : HR-Yet I you redef to take good Bu: love may make me for your heed

What men will think, and say:

As I have said before,
Of young, and old it shall be cold, To come on foot, to hunt, and
That ye be gone away,


To get us meat in store; Derked darkened. Aslakenbate. & Rodeadvise.

* Lever-rather.


For so that I your company

SHE-Sith I have here been partynère May have, I ask no more :

With you of joy and bliss,
From which to part, it maketh my I must also part of your woe

Endure, as reason is :
As cold as any stone;

Yet am I sure of one pleasùre ;
For, in my mind, of all mankind

And shortly, it is this:
I love but you alone.

That, where ye be, me seemeth,

pardė, * HL-For an outlaw this is the law,

I could not fare amiss.
That men him take and bind;

Without more speech, I you be.
Without pity, hanged to be,

And waver with
the wind.

That we were soon agone;
If I had need (as God forbid !)

For, in my mind, of all mankind
What rescue could ye find!

I love but you alone.
Forsooth, I trow, ye and your

lle.--If you go thither, ye must con. For fcar would draw bchind :

And no marvèl ; for little avail

When ye have lust to dine,
Were in your counsel then :

There shall no meat be for you
Wherefore I will to the green wood

gete, go,

Nor drink, beer, ale, nor wine. Alone, a banished man.

No shétes clean, to lie between,

Made of thread and twine ; SHE. ---Right well know ye that woman None other house but leaves and be

boughs, But feeble for to fight;

To cover your head and mine, No womanhede it is indeed

O mine heart sweet, this evil To be bold as a knight :

dyéte Yet, in such fear if that ye were

Should make you pale and With enemies day or night,

I would withstand, with bow in Wherefore I will to the green.

To grieve them as I might,

Alone, a banished man.
And you to save ; as women have

From death men many one ; SHE-Among the wild deer, such an
For, in my mind, of all mankind

archer I love but yo: alone.

As men say that ye be,

Ne may not fail of good vitayle, He.-Yet take good heed; for ever I

Where is so great plentý:

And water clear of the river
That ye could not sustain

Shall be full sweet to me ;
The thorny ways, the deep valleys, With which in helet I shall right
The snow, the frost, the rain,

The cold, the heat : for dry, or

Endure, as ye shall see ;

And, or we go, a bed or two
We must lodge on the plain ;

I can provide anon ;
And, us above, none other roof

For, in my mind, of all mankind
But a brake bush, or twain :

I love but you alone.
Which snon should grieve you, I

HE.-Lo yet, before, ye must do more,
And ye would gladly than

If ye will go with me :
That'I had to the green wood gone,
Alone, a banished man,

• Parde-in truth

Hele health.

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