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“And sen thow art a king, thow be discreit; Herb without vertew thow hald nocht of sic 1
In bed at morrow,' sleiping as I lay,
Than to the Ross scho turnit hir visage,
ony spot or macull 22 doing spring: Cum, blowme of joy, with jemis to be cround, For oure the laif ?4 thy bewty is renownd."
7 o distinguishing ? qualities 8 guarded by
wars 10 shining 11 defend the rest 12 such 13 make herself fellow 14 weed 15 such esteem
16 if 17 pleasance 18 illustrious 19
21 without 22 blemish 23 springing 24 above the rest 25 costly
clear 27 in close
28 while 29 herbs
Thane all the birdis song with voce on hicht,'
And right anone La Bell Pucell me sent
And after that the gay and glorious
What’ shoulde I tary by longe continuance
O lusty youth and yong tender hart,
Tyll that Dame Nature Naturyng* had made
STEPHEN HAWES (d. 1523)
THE PASTIME OF PLEASURE
OF THE GREAT MARIAGE BETWENE GRAUNDE
AMOUR AND LABELL PUCELL
FROM CAPIT. XXXIX
Then Perceveraunce in all goodly haste Unto the stewarde called Liberalitie Gave warnyng for to make ready fast Agaynst this tyme of great solemnitie That on the morowe halowed shoulde be. She warned the cooke called Temperaunce And after that the ewres,o Observaunce,
THE EPITAPH OF GRAUNDE AMOUR
FROM CAPIT. XLII
With Pleasaunce, the panter," and dame
O erth! on erth it is a wonders case That thou art blynde and wyll not the ? know; Though upon erth thou hast thy dwelling place, Yet erth at last must nedes the ' overthrow. Thou thinkest thou do be no erth, I trow; For if thou diddest, thou woldest than 8 apply To forsake pleasure and to lerne to dye. 7
O erth, of erth why art thou so proud ? Now what thou art, call to remembraunce;
1 aloud ? flourish
3 sphere * nurture uprose
10 & wise beloved peace o preserve
eweress, servant in charge of ewers, napkins, etc.
11 servant in charge of pantry
1 broidered ? why 3 start away · Natura naturans, Nature as a creative being. Østrength wondrous ? thee, thyself 8then
Open thine eares unto my song aloude.
And erth, with erth why art thou so wroth? Remembre the that it vayleth right nought; For thou mayst thinke, of a perfyte trothe, If with the erth thou hast a quarell sought, Amyddes the erth there is a place ywrought, Whan erth to erth is torned properly, The' for thy synne to perrysh wonderly.
And erth, for erth why hast thou envy? And the erth upon erth to be more prosperous Than thou thyselfe, fretting the inwardly? It is a sinne right foul and vicious And unto God also full odious. Thou thinkest, I trow, there is no punishment Ordeyned for sinne by egall judgement.
O mortall folke, you may beholde and se
Toward heven to folow on the way
And whan erth to erth is nexte to reverte
The pomped clerkes, with foles deliciqus, 10 Erth often fedeth with corrupt glotony, And nothing* with werkes vertuous; The soule doth fede ryght well ententifly," But without mesure full inordinatly The body lyveth and wyll not remember Howe erth to erth must his strength surrender. 49
? set a-fire
* take away
THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES
JOHN SKELTON (14602-1529)
And prytely he wold pant
Lord, how he wolde pry
After the butterfly!
Lorde, how he wolde hop
After the gressop!
And whan I sayd, “Phyp! Phyp!"
Than he wold lepe and skyp,
And take me by the lyp.
140 Wolde God I had Zenophontes,
Alas, it wyll me slo,
That Phillyp is gone me fro!
But my sparowe dyd pas :
All the sparows of the wode
That were syns Noes flode;
Was never none so good;
Kynge Phylyp of Macedony
270 So urgently I am brought
Had no such Phylyp as I,
No, no, syr, hardely."
That vengeaunce I aske and crye,
By way of exclamacyon,
On all the hole nacyon
Of cattes wylde and tame;
God send them sorowe and shame!
The cat specyally
That slew so cruelly
My lytell pretty sparowe
280 It wold syt on a stole,
That I brought up at Carowe.
O cat of carlyshe kynde,
The fynde was in thy mynde
Whan thou my byrde untwynde !
I wold thou haddest ben blynde !
The leopardes savage,
The lyons in theyr rage,
Myght? catche the in theyr pawes,
And gnawe the in theyr jawes !
The serpentes of Lybany
290 It wolde lye and rest;
Myght stynge the venymously!
The dragones with their tonges
Might poyson thy lyver and longes !
The mantycors 8 of the mountaynes A fly or a gnat,
Myght fede them on thy braynes !
grasshopper 2 slay : surpass certainly chur. 'Lord I have lifted up mine eyes to the moun- lish nature 6 fiend ? I would they might 8a tains. 3 fool to act shy? to keep his distance? fabulous monster, with a human head and the body ready
of a beast of prey.
FROM WHY COME YE NOT TO
Ones yet agayne
I wolde frayne,
Now, yet all this myght be
To any good ende were brought; ? inquire ? transcribed 3 abstract - without other "immediately coërced ? nut-shells
& in good part
But all he bringeth to nought,
460 And so moche oblivyous From whens that he came, That he falleth into a caeciam, Whiche, truly to expresse, Is a forgetfulnesse, Or wylfull blyndnesse, Wherwith the Sodomites Lost theyr inward syghtes, The Gommoryans also Were brought to deedly wo,
But this madde Amalecke,
490 That was cast out of a bochers stall.
FROM COLYN CLOUTE