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* Unto, So Rob. Brunne, of Stone- y Kindred. So in the Geste of Alexhenge, edit. Hearne, p. cxci. asper, M.S. p. 258.

- - hey wer men of gret parage, -In Afrik were thai compast and wrought, They fowrt n :S i - ter in ago. Geantz tille Ireland from thithen tham And haden fowrty wy 8 brought. * Courage. . * Eagerly wishes.

That is, “Giants brought them from Africa * Wholly. “ into fielań. S g c Fr. Plevine. See Du Fresne. PLEvi N.A.

Vol. III. R Thus

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* Baronage.

* Death.

* Bridal is Saxon for the nuptial feast. So in Davie's Geste of Alex aspe R. MS. fol. 41. penes me.

He wist nouzt of this bri Dale,
Ne no man tolde him the tale.

In GAMELY N, or the Coke's. Tale, v.
1267.

At every Bridale he would fing and hop.
Spenser, FA Erie Qu. B. v. C. ii. st. 3.

-Where and when the BRIDA le cheare
Should be solemnised.—

And, vi. x. 13.
- Theseus her unto his ER in ale bore.
See also Spenser's ProT Hala M ion.

The word has been applied adjectively, for
connu Bial. Perhaps Milton remember-
ed or retained its original use in the fol.
lowing passage of SAMs on Agonistes,
ver, 1196.

And in your city held my nuptial feast:
But your ill-meaning politician lords,
Under Pretence of BRidal friends and
guests,
Appointed to await me thirty spies.

“Under pretence of friends and guests
“invited to the BR DAL.” But in PAR A-
Dise Lost, he speaks of the evening star

haslening to light the ERIDAL lamp,
which in another part of the same poem
he calls the Nuptial to Rich. viii. 520.
xi. 590. I presume this Saxon BR 1 Dale
is Bride-Ale, the FEAST in honour of
the bride or marriage. Ale, fimply put,
is the feast or the merry-making, as in
PIER ce Plow MAN, fol. xxxii. b. edit.
I 55o. 4to.
And then satten some and songe at the
Ale [nale.]

Again, fol. xxvi. b.

I am occupied everie daye, holye daye and other,

With idle tales at the Ale, and otherwhile in churches.

So Chaucer of his FREE RE, Urr. p. 87.

v. 85.
And they were only glad to fill his purse,
And maden him grete festis at the Nal E.

Male is Ale. “They feasted him, or en-
“tertained him, with particular respect,
“at the parish-feast, &c.” Again, Plow-
MAN’s TALE, p. 125. v. 21 lo.

At the isoeffling, and at the Wake,

And the chief chaunters at the NALE. See more instances supr. vol. i. 60. That Al E is festival, appears from its sense in composition; as, among others, in the words Leet-ale, Lamb-ale, Whitson-ale, Clerk

ale,

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