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THE WESTERN KNIGHT
20   So mayst thou be, quoth he, faire Flowre,
and the child be none of mine, Unlesse thou canst tell me the houre, and name to me the time.
21    Full fifteene weeks it is, quoth she,
that you lay my body by; A gay gold Ring you gaue to me, how can you this deny?
22   If I (quoth he) my gold Ring gaue,
to thee, as to my friend, Thou must not thinke I meane to haue thee till my life doth end.
23   Nor do I meane to take for my wife,
a Lasse that is so meane, That shal discredit me all my life, and all my kindred cleane.
24   Quoth she, false Knight, why didst thou then
procure my ouerthrow, Oh, now I see that faithlesse men, will sweare, yet meane not so.
25   Now may I Hue from ioyes exilde,
like a bird kept in a Cage, For I am fifteen weeks gone with child, and but fourteen yeeres of age.
26   Farewel, farewel, thou faithlesse Knight,
sith thou wilt me forsake, Oh heauens grant all Maidens bright, by me may warning take.
27   When as the Knight did heare what she
poore harmelesse wretch did say, It mou'd his heart, and quickly he made her a Lady gay.
Printed at London for F. Coules.
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