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ANCIENT POEM S.

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Nay, nay, nat fo ; ye shall nåt gó,

And I shall tell ye why,
Your appetyght is to be lyght

Of love, I wele espy :
For, lyke as ye have fayed to me,

In lyke wyse hardely
Ye wolde answere whofoever it were,

In way of company,
It is fayd of olde, Sone hote, sone colde ;

And so is a woman.
Wherfore I to the wode wyll go,

Alone, a banyshed man.

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Yf ye take hede, it is no nede

Such wordes to say by me;
For oft ye prayed, and longe afsayed, 255

Or I you loved, pardè :
And though that I of auncestry

A barons daughter be,
Yet have you proved howe I you loved
A [quyer of lowe degré ;

260 And ever shall, whatfo befall ;

To dy therfore * anone;
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde
I love but you alone.

НЕ. Ver. 251. For I must to the grene wode go. Prol. and Mr. W. Ver. 253. yet is. Camb. Copy. Perbaps for yt is.

Ver. 262. dy with him. Editor's MS.

* i. e. for this cause; tho' I were to die for having loved you.

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265

HE.
A barons chylde to be begylde!

It were a cursed dede ;
To be felàwe with an outlawe!

Almighty God forbede!
Yet beter were, the pore squyère

Alone to forest yede,
Than ye holde fay another day,

That, by my cursed dede,
Ye were betray'd: Wherfore, good mayd,

The best rede that I can,
Is, that I to the

grene
wode

go,
Alone, a banyfhed man.

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275

280

dele ;

ShE.
Whatever befall, I never shall

Of this thyng you upbrayd :
But yf yè go, and leve me so,

Than have ye me betrayd.
Remember you wele, howe that ye

For, yf ye, as ye fayd,
Be so unkynde, to leve behynde,

Your love, the not-browne mayd,
Trust me truly', that I shall dy
Sone after

ye
be

gone ;
For, in my mynde, of all mankynde
I love but

you

alone,

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m

HE.

Ver. 278. outbrayd. Prol. and Mr. W. Ver. 282. ye be as. Prol. and Mr. W. Ver. 283. Ye were unkynde to leve me behynde. Prol. and Mr. W.

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