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THE NUTBROWNE MAIDE.
" I say not nay, but that all day
It is bothe writ and sayde, That womans fayth is, as who sayth,
All utterly decayed: But nevertheles, right good witnes
In this case might be layde, That they love trewe, and contynew,—
Recorde the nutbkowne maide ; Whiche from her love, whan her to prove
He cam to make his mone, Wolde not departe, for in her herte
She lovyd but hym allone."
" Than betwene us lete us discusse
"What was all the mandr Betwene them too ; we wyl also
Telle all the peyne and fere That she was in; nowe I begynne,
See that ye me answeYe : Wherfore [all] ye that present be,
I pray you geve an eare. I am the knyght, I cum be nyght,
As secret as I can, Sayng < Alas! thus stondyth the case,
I am a bannisshed man !'"
" And I your wylle for to fulfylle In this wyl not refuse,
28, they. 30, Soe. 35, cause.
vol. iv. 10