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OLD ROBIN OF PORTINGALE.
Percy's Reliques of English, Poetry, iii. 88.
" From an ancient copy in the Editor's folio MS., which was judged to require considerable corrections.
" In the former edition the hero of this piece had been called Sir Robin, but that title not being in the MS. is now omitted.
" Giles, steward to a rich old merchant trading to Portugal, is qualified with the title of Sir, not as being a knight, but rather, I conceive, as having received an inferior order of priesthood." Percy.
Let never again soe old a man
Marrye soe yonge a wife, As did old Eobin of Portingale ;
Who may rue all the dayes of his life.
For the mayors daughter of Lin, God wolt «
He chose her to his wife, And thought with her to have lived in love,
But they fell to hate and strife.