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H'e.
Yf that ye went, ye

Iholde repent ;
For in the forest nowe
I have purvayed me of a mayd,

Whom I love more than you ;
Another fayrère, than ever ye were,

I dare it wele avowe;
And of you bothe eche sholde be wrothe

With other, as I trowe :
It were myne ese, to lyve in pese ; .

So wyll I, yf I can;
Wherfore I to the wode wyll go,

Alone, a banyfhed man,

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SHE.

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Though in the wode I undyrstode

Ye had a paramour,
All this may nought remove my thought,

But that I wyll be your :
And she shall fynde me soft, and kynde,

And courteys every hour;
Glad to fulfyll all that she wyll

Commaunde me to my power :
For had ye, lo, an hundred mo,

Of them I wolde be one;'
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde

I love but you alone.

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HE

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Myne owne dere love, I fe the prove

That ye be kynde, and true;
Of mayde, and wyfe, in all my lyfe,

The best that ever I knewe.
Be mery and glad, be no more sad,

The case is chaunged newe;
For it were ruthe, that, for your truthe,

Ye fholde have cause to rewe ef
De nat disinayed; whatsoever I fayd

To you, whan I began;
I wyll nat to the grene

wode go,
I am no hanyshed man.

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SH..
These tydings be more gladd to me,

Than to be made a quene,
Yf I were sure they tholde endure :

But it is often sene,
Whan men wyll breke promyse, they speke

The wordés on the fplene.
Ye shape some wyle me to begyle,

And stele from me, I wene:
Than, were the case worse than it was,

And I more wo-begone:
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde

I love but you alone.

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ANCIENT POEM S,

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He.
Ye shall nat nede further to drede ;

I wyll nat dysparàge
You, (God defend!) fyth ye descend

Of fo grete a lynàge.
Nowe undyrftande; to Westmarlande,

Which is myne herytage,
I wyll you brynge ; and with a rynge,

By way of maryage
I wyll you take, and lady make,

As shortely as I can:
Thus have you won an erlys fon,

And not a banyshed man.

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AUTHOR.
" Here may ye se, that women be
In love, meke, kynde, and stable :

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Late never man reprove them than,

Or call them variable;
But, rather, pray God, that we may

To them be comfortable;
Which fometyme proveth such, as he loveth, 355

Yf they be charytable.
For fyth men wolde that women sholde

Be meke to them each one ;
Moche more ought they to God obey,
And serve but hym alone.

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Vir. 340. grete lynyage. Prol. and Mr. W. Ver. 347. Then have.
Prol. Ver. 348. And no banyshed. Prob. and Mr.W.
This line wanting in Prol. and Mr. W. Ver. 355. proved-loved.
Prol. and Mr. W. Ib. as loveth, Camb. V.357. Forsoch. Prol, and
Mr.W.

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V. 352.

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