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THE NUTBKOWNE HAIDE.
" Te shal not nede further to drede:
I wyl not disparage You, God defende ! sith you descende
Of so grete a lynage. ' Nou nnderstonde, to Westmerlande,
Which is my herytage, I wyl you bringe, and wyth a rynge,
Be wey of niaryage, I wyl you take, and lady make,
As shortly as I can : Thus have ye wone an erles son,
And not a banysshyd man."
Here may ye see, that wymen be
In love meke, kinde, and stable : Late never man repreve them than,
Or calle them variable; But rather prey God that we may
To them be comfortable, Whiche somtyme provytli suche as loveth
Yf they be charitable. For sith men wolde that wymen sholde
Be meke to them echeon, Moche more ought they to God obey,
And serve but hym alone.