Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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THE NUTBKOWNE MAIDE.                155
Be so unkynde to leve behynd Your love, the Notbrowne Maide,
Trust me truly, that I shal dey,                            m
Sone after ye be gone;
For in my mynde, of all mankynde
: I love but you alone."
" Yef that ye went, ye shulde repent,
For in the forest now                                          m
I have purveid me of a maide,
"Whom I love more than you : Another fayrer than ever ye were,
I dare it wel avowe; And of you bothe eche shulde be wrothe tsss
With other, as I trowe. It were myn ease to lyve in pease;
So wyl I, yf I can; Wherfore, I to the wode wyl goo
Alone, a banysshid man."                                  soo
" Though in the wood I undirstode
Ye had a paramour, All this may nought remeve my thought,
But that I wil be your; And she shal fynde me softe and kynde, s»
And curteis every our, Glad to fulfylle all that she wylle
Commaunde me, to my power; For had ye, loo, an hundred moo,
v. 310, Of them I wolde be one. Percy MS.