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To love them wele ; for never a dele they love a man agayne : For late a man do what he can, theyr favour to attayne, Yet, yf a newe do them pursue, theyr fyrst true lover than Laboureth for nought; for from her thought he is a banyshed man. B. I say nat, nay, but that all day it is bothe writ and sayd, That womens fayth is, as who sayth, all utterly decayed: But, neverthelesse, ryght good wytnesse in this case might be layed, That they love true, and continue; recorde the notbrowne mayde; Which, when her love came, her to prove, to her to make his mone, Wolde nat depart; for in her hart she loved but hym alone. A. Than betwayne us late us dyscus what was all the manère Betwayme them two: we wyll also tell all the payne, and fere, That she was in: nowe I begyn, so that ye me answere – Wherefore, all ye, that present be, I pray you give an ere:–

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I am the knyght; I come by nyght, as secret as I Can ; Sayinge, Alas, thus standeth the case, I am a banyshed man. B. And I your wyll for to fulfyll in this wyll nat refuse ; Trustynge to shewe in wordes fewe, that men have na yll use (To theyr own shame) women to blame, and causelesse them accuse : Therfore to you I answere nowe, all women to excuse,_ Myne owne hart dere, with you what chere? I pray you, tell anone; For, in my mynde, of all mankynde I love but you alone. A. It standeth so; a dede is do, whereof grete harme shall growe : My destiny is for to dy a shamefull deth, I trowe; Or elles to fle: the one must be; none other way I knowe, But to withdrawe as an outlawe, and take me to my bowe. Wherfore, adue, my owne hart true ! none other rede I can ; For I must to the grene wode go, alone, a banyshed IIlail.

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B. O Lorde, what is this worldys blysse, that chaungeth as the mone ! The somers day in lusty May is derked before the none.— I here you say, farewell; nay, nay, we départ nat SO SOne : Why say ye so? wheder wyll ye go? alas, what have ye done All my welfare to sorrowe and care sholde chaunge, yf ye were gone; For, in my mynde, of all mankynde I love but you alone. A. I can beleve, it shall you greve, and somwhat you dystrayne: But, aftyrwarde, your paynes harde within a day or twayne Shall sone aslake; and ye shall take comfort to you agayne. Why sholdeye ought? for, to make thought, your labour were in vayne. And thus I do; and pray you to, as hartely as I can; For I must to the grene wode go, alone, a banyshed IIlan. B. Now, syth that ye have shewed to me the secret of your mynde, I shall be playne to you agayne, lyke as ye shall me fynde :

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Syth it is so that ye wyll go, I wolle not leve be

hynde ; Shall it never be sayd, the Notbrowne mayd was to her love unkynde : [anone;

Make you redy; for so am I, although it were For, in my mynde, of all mankynde I love but you alone. A. Yet I you rede to take good hede what men wyll thymke and say: Of younge and olde it shall be tolde, that ye be gone away; Your wanton wyll for to fulfill, in grene wode you to play; And that ye myght from your delyght no lenger make delay: Rather than ye sholde thus for me be called an yll woman, Yet wolde I to the grene wode go, alone, a banyshed Islan. B. Though it be songe of olde and yonge, that Isholde be to blame, Theyrs be the charge that speke solarge in hurtynge of my name: For I wyll prove, that faythful love it is devoyd of shame; In your dystresse, and hevynesse, to part wyth you, the same ; To shewe all tho that do natso, true lovers are they In OIle :

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For, in my mynde, of all mankynde I love but you

alone.
A.
I counceyle you, remember howe it is no mayden's
lawe,

Nothynge to dout, but to renne out to wode with
an outlawe :
For ye must there in your hand bere a bowe, redy
to drawe;
And, as a these, thus must you lyve, ever in drede
and awe;
Whereby to you grete harme myght growe : yet
had I lever than,
That I had to the grene wode go, alone, a banyshed
Illall.
B.
I say mat, nay, but as ye say, it is no mayden's lore:
But love may make me, for your sake, as I have
sayd before,
To come on fote, to hunt, and shote, to get us mete
in store ;
For so that I your company may have, I aske no
In Ore :
From which to part, it maketh my hart as colde as
ony stone;
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde I love but you
alone.
A.
For an outlawe, this is the lawe, that men hym
take and bynde ;

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