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ANCIENT PO E M S.

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195

НЕ.
If ye go thyder, ye must confyder,

Whan ye have luft to dyne,
There shall no mete be for you gete,

Nor drinke, bere, ale, ne wyne.
Ne shetés clene, to lye betwene,

Made of threde and twyne';
None other house, but leves and bowes,

To cover your hed and myne,
O myne harte swete, this evyll dyéte

Sholde make you pale and wan;
Wherfore I wyll the

grene
Alone, a banyshed man,

200

wode go,

SHE.

205

be,

210

Amonge the wylde dere, such an archère,
As men say that

ye
Ne may nat fayle of good vitayle,

Where is so grete plente:
And water clere of the ryvére

Shall be fu'll swete to me;
With which in hele I shall ryght welę

Endure, as ye shall fee:
And, or we go, a bedde or two

I can provyde anone;
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde

I love but you alone.

215

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НЕ.

Ver. 196. Neyther bere. Proi. and Mr.W. Ver. 201. Lo myn. Mr.W, Ver, 207, May ye nat fayle, Prolo H. May nai fayle, Mr.W.

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220

He.
Lo yet, before, ye muft do more,

Yf ye wyll go with me :
As cut your here up by your ére,

Your kyrtel by the kne;
With bowe in hande, for to withstande

Your enemyes, yf nede be:
And this fame nyght before day-lyght,

To wode-warde wyll I Ale.
Yf that ye wyll all this fulfill,

Do it shortely as ye can;
Els wyll I to the grene wode go,

Alone, a banyshed man.

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I fhall as nowe do more for you

Than longeth to womanhede ;
To shorte my here, a bowe to bere,

To fhote in tyme of nede.
O my swete mother, before all other
For
you

I have most drede :
But nowe, adué! I must ensue,

Where fortune doth me lede.
All this make ye: Now let us fle ;

The day cometh fast upon ;
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde

I love but you alone.

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Ver. 219. above your ere. Prol. Ver. 220. alove the kne: Prol. and Mr. W. Ver. 223. the same. Frol. anu M:.W.

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