The Harley lyrics

Brook 1; Ker 24b

Page  29
Erþe toc of erþe erþe wyþ woh
     001
Erþe oþer erþe to þe erþe droh
     002
Erþe leyde erþe in erþene þroh
     003
þo heuede erþe of erþe erþe ynoh
     004

Brook 2; Ker 27

Middelerd for mon wes mad
     001
vnmihti aren is meste mede
     002
þis hedy haþ on honde yhad
     003
þat heuene hem is hest to hede
     004
Icherde a blisse budel vs bad
     005
þe dreri domesdai to drede
     006
of sunful sauhting sone be sad
     007
þat derne doþ þis derne dede
     008
þah he ben derne done
     009
þis wrakeful werkes vnder wede
     010
in soule soteleþ sone
     011
sone is sotel as ich ou sai
     012
þis sake alþah hit seme suete
     013
þat i:telle a poure play
     014
þat furst is feir & seþþe vnsete
     015
þis wilde wille went awai
     016
wiþ mone & mournyng muchel vnmete Page  30
     017
þat liueþ on likyng out of lay
     018
his hap he deþ ful harde on hete
     019
aȝeynȝ he howeþ henne
     020
alle is þriuene þewes þrete
     021
þat þenkeþ nout on þenne
     022
aȝeynes þenne vs þreteþ þre
     023
ȝef he beþ þryuen & þowen in þeode
     024
vr soule bonc so broerli be
     025
as berne best þat bale forbeode
     026
þat wole wihtstonden streynþe of þeo
     027
is rest is reued wiþ þe reode
     028
fyth of oþer ne darþ he floc
     029
þat fleishshes faunyng furst foreode
     030
þat falsist is of fyue
     031
ȝef we leueþ eny leode
     032
werryng is worst of wyue
     033
wyues wille were ded wo
     034
ȝef he is wicked forte welde
     035
þat burst shal bete for hem bo
     036
he shal him burewen þah he hire belde
     037
by body ant soule y:sugge al so
     038
þat some beoþ founden vnder felde
     039
þat haþ to fere is meste fo
     040
of gomenes he mai gon al gelde
     041
ant sore ben fered on folde
     042
lest he to harmes helde
     043
ant happes hente vnholde
     044
hom vnholdest her is on
     045
wiþouten helle ase ich hit holde
     046
so fele bueþ founden monnes fon
     047
þe furst of hem biforen ytolde
     048
þer afterward þis worldes won
     049
wiþ muchel vnwynne vs woren wolde
     050
sone beþ þis gomenes gon
     051
þat makeþ vs so brag & bolde
     052
ant biddeþ vs ben blyþe
     053
an ende he casteþ ous fol colde
     054
in sunne & serewe syþe Page  31
     055
In sunne & sorewe y am seint
     056
þat siweþ me sosully sore
     057
my murþe is al wiþ mournyng meind
     058
ne may ich myþen hit namore
     059
when we beþ wiþ þis world forwleynt
     060
þat we ne lustneþ lyues lore
     061
þe fend in fyht vs fynt so feynt
     062
we falleþ so flour when hit is frore
     063
for folkes fader al fleme
     064
Wo him wes ywarpe ȝore
     065
þat Crist nul nowyht queme
     066
To queme crist we weren ycore
     067
ant kend ys craftes forte knowe
     068
Leue we nout we buen forlore
     069
in lustes þah we lyggen lowe
     070
We shule aryse vr fader byfore
     071
þah fon vs fallen vmbe þrowe
     072
to borewen vs alle he wes ybore
     073
þis bonnyng when him bemes blowe
     074
he byt vs buen of hyse
     075
ant on ys ryhthond hente rowe
     076
Wyþ ryht wysemen to aryse
     077

Brook 3; Ker 28

Ichot a burde in a bour ase beryl so bryht
     001
ase saphyr in seluer semly on syht
     002
ase iaspe þe gentil þat lemeþ wiþ lyht
     003
ase gernet in golde & ruby wel ryht
     004
ase onycle he ys on yholden on hyht
     005
ase diamaund þe dere in day when he is dyht
     006
he is coral ycud wiþ cayser ant knyht
     007
ase emeraude amorewen þis may haueþ myht
     008
þe myht of þe margarite haueþ þis mai mere
     009
For charbocle ich hire chos bi chyn & by chere
     010
hire rode is ase rose þat red is on rys
     011
wiþ lilye white leres lossum he is
     012
þe primerole he passeþ paruenke of pris
     013
wiþ alisaundre þareto ache & anys
     014
coynte ase columbine such hire cunde ys
     015
glad vnder gore in gro & in grys Page  32
     016
he is blosme opon bleo brihtest vnder bis
     017
wiþ celydoyne ant sauge ase þou þiself sys
     018
þat syht vpon þat semly to blis he is broht
     019
he is solsecle to sauue ys forsoht
     020
he is papeiai in pyn þat beteþ me my bale
     021
to trewe tortle in a tour y telle þe mi tale
     022
he is þrustle þryuen in þro þat singeþ in sale
     023
þe wilde laueroc ant wolc & þe wodewale
     024
he is faucoun in friht dernest in dale
     025
ant wiþ eueruch a gome gladest in gale
     026
From weye he is wisist in to wyrhale
     027
hire nome is in a:note of þe nyhtegale
     028
In annote is hire nome nempneþ hit non
     029
whose ryht redeþ roune to Johon.
     030
muge he is ant mondrake þouh miht of þe mone
     031
trewe triacle ytold wiþ tonges in trone
     032
such licoris mai leche from lyne to lone
     033
such sucre mon secheþ þat saueþ men sone
     034
bliþe yblessed of crist þat bayeþ me mi bone
     035
when derne dede is in dayne derne are done
     036
ase g�o�myl in g�e�ue grene is þe grone
     037
ase quibibe & comyn cud is in crone
     038
Cud comyn in court canel in cofre
     039
wiþ gyngyure & sedewale & þe gylofre
     040
he is medierne of miht mercie of mede
     041
Rekene ase regnas resoun to rede
     042
Trewe ase tegeu in tour ase wyrwein in wede
     043
baldore þen byrne þat of þe bor bede
     044
Ase Wylcadoun he is wys dohty of dede
     045
Feyrore þen floyres folkes to fede
     046
Cud ase cradoc in court carf þe brede
     047
hendore þen hilde þat haueþ me to hede
     048
he haueþ me to hede þis hendy anon
     049
gentil ase ionas heo ioyeþ wiþ Ion
     050
Page  33

Brook 4; Ker 29

Bytuene mersh & aueril.
     001
when spray biginneþ to springe
     002
þe lutel foul haþ hire wyl
     003
on hyre lud to synge
     004
Ich libbe in louelonginge
     005
for semlokest of alle þynge.
     006
he may me blisse bringe
     007
icham in hire baundoun
     008
An hendy hap ichabbe yhent
     009
ichot from heuene it is me sent
     010
from alle wymmen mi loue is lent
     011
& lyht on alysoun
     012
on heu hire her is fayr ynoh
     013
hire browe broune hire eȝe blake
     014
wiþ lossum chere he on me loh
     015
wiþ middel smal & wel ymake
     016
bote he me wolle to hire take
     017
forte buen hire owen make
     018
longe to lyuen ichulle forsake
     019
& feye fallen adoun
     020
an hendy hap &c
     021
nihtes when y wende & wake
     022
forþi myn wonges waxeþ won.
     023
leuedi al for þine sake
     024
longinge is ylent me on.
     025
In world nis non so wytermon.
     026
þat al hire bounte telle con
     027
hire swyre is whittore þen þe swon
     028
& feyrest may in toune
     029
An hend &c
     030
Icham for wolwyng al forwake
     031
wery so water in wore
     032
lest eny reue me my make
     033
ychabbe yȝyrned ȝore
     034
Betere is þolien whyle sore
     035
þen mournen euermore
     036
geynest vnder gore
     037
herkne to me roun.
     038
An hendi &c
     039
Page  34

Brook 5; Ker 30

Wiþ longyng y am lad
     001
on molde y waxe mad
     002
a maide marreþ me
     003
y:grede y:grone vnglad
     004
for selden y am sad
     005
þat semly forte se
     006
leuedi þou rewe me
     007
to rouþe þou hauest me rad
     008
be bote of þat y bad
     009
my lyf is long on þe
     010
leuedy of alle londe
     011
les me out of bonde
     012
broht icham in wo
     013
haue:resting on honde
     014
& sent þou me þi sonde
     015
sone er þou me slo
     016
my reste is wiþ þe ro
     017
þah men to me han onde
     018
to loue nuly noht wonde
     019
ne lete for:non of þo
     020
leuedi wiþ al my miht
     021
my loue is on þe liht
     022
to menske when y:may
     023
þou rew & red me ryht
     024
to deþe þou hauest me diht
     025
y deȝe longe er me day
     026
þou leue vpon mi lay
     027
treuþe ichaue þe plyht
     028
to done þat ich haue hyht
     029
whil mi lif leste may
     030
lylie whyt hue is
     031
hire rode so rose on rys
     032
þat reueþ me mi rest
     033
wymmon war & wys
     034
of prude hue bereþ þe pris
     035
burde on of þe best
     036
þis wommon woneþ by west
     037
brihtest vnder bys
     038
heuene y:tolde al his
     039
þat o nyht were hire gest
     040
Page  35

Brook 6; Ker 33

Weping haueþ myn wonges wet
     001
for wilked werk ant wone of wyt
     002
vnbliþe y be til y ha bet
     003
bruches broken ase bok byt
     004
of leuedis loue þat y ha let
     005
þat lemeþ al wiþ luefly lyt
     006
ofte in song y haue hem set
     007
þat is vnsemly þer hit syt
     008
hit syt & semeþ noht
     009
þer hit ys seid in song
     010
þat y haue of hem wroht
     011
ywis hit is al wrong
     012
al wrong y wrohte for a wyf
     013
þat made vs wo in world ful wyde
     014
heo rafte vs alle richesse ryf
     015
þat durþe vs nout in reynes ryde
     016
a styþye stunte hire sturne stryf
     017
þat ys in heouene hert in hyde
     018
In hire lyht on ledeþ lyf
     019
& shon þourh hire semly syde
     020
þourh hyre side he shon
     021
ase sonne doþ þourh þe glas
     022
wommon nes wicked non
     023
seþþe he ybore was
     024
wycked nis non þat y wot
     025
þat durste for werk hire wonges wete
     026
alle heo lyuen from last of lot
     027
& are al hende ase hak in chete
     028
forþi on molde y waxe mot
     029
þat y sawes haue seid vnsete
     030
my fykel fleish mi falsly blod
     031
on feld hem feole y falle to fete
     032
to fet y:falle hem feole
     033
for falslek fifte folde
     034
of alle vntrewe on tele
     035
wiþ tonge ase y her tolde Page  36
     036
þah told beon tales vntoun in toune
     037
such tiding mei tide y nul nout teme
     038
of brudes bryht wiþ browes broune
     039
or blisse heo beyen þis briddes breme
     040
In rude were roo wiþ hem roune
     041
þat hem mihte henten ase him were heme
     042
nys kyng cayser ne clerk wiþ croune
     043
þis semly seruen þat me ne may seme
     044
semen him may on sonde
     045
þis semly seruen so
     046
boþe wiþ fet ant honde
     047
for on þat vs warp from wo
     048
nou wo in world ys went away
     049
& weole is come ase we wolde
     050
þourh a mihti methful:mai
     051
þat ous haþ cast from cares colde
     052
euer wymmen ich herie ay
     053
& euer in hyrd wiþ hem ich holde
     054
ant euer at neode y nyckenay
     055
þat y ner nemnede þat heo nolde
     056
y nolde & nullyt noht
     057
for noþyng nou a nede
     058
soþ is þat y of hem ha wroht
     059
as Richard erst con rede
     060
Richard rote of resoun ryht
     061
rykening of rym ant ron
     062
of maidnes meke þou hast myht
     063
on molde y holde þe murgest mon
     064
cunde comely ase a knyht
     065
clerk ycud þat craftes con
     066
In vch an hyrd þyn aþel ys hyht
     067
& vch an aþel þin hap is on
     068
hap þat haþel haþ hent
     069
wiþ hendelec in halle
     070
selþe be hem sent
     071
in londe of leuedis alle
     072
Page  37

Brook 7; Ker 34

Mosti ryden by rybbesdale
     001
wilde wymmen forte wale
     002
ant welde wuch ich wolde
     003
founde were þe feyrest on
     004
þat euer wes mad of blod ant bon
     005
in boure best wiþ bolde
     006
Ase sonnebem hire bleo ys briht
     007
in vche londe heo leomeþ liht
     008
þourh tale as mon me tolde
     009
þe lylie lossum is ant long
     010
wiþ riche rose ant rode among
     011
a fyld or fax to folde
     012
Hire hed when ich biholde apon
     013
þe sonnebe'e'm aboute noon
     014
me þohte þat y seȝe
     015
hyre (eyȝen) aren grete ant gray ynoh
     016
þ[at] lussom when heo on me loh
     017
ybend wax eyþer breȝe
     018
þe mone wiþ hire muchele maht
     019
ne leneþ non such lyht anaht
     020
þat is in heouene heȝe
     021
ase hire forhed doþ in day
     022
for wham þus muchel y mourne may
     023
for duel to deþ y dreyȝe
     024
Heo haþ browes bend an heh
     025
whyt bytuene ant nout to neh
     026
lussum lyf heo ledes
     027
hire neose ys set as hit wel semeþ
     028
y deȝe for deþ þat me demeþ
     029
hire speche as spices spredeþ
     030
hire lockes lefly aren & longe
     031
for sone he mihte hire murþes monge
     032
wiþ blisse when hit bredes
     033
hire chyn ys chosen & eyþer cheke
     034
whit ynoh & rode on eke
     035
ase roser when hit redes Page  38
     036
Heo haþ a mury mouht to mele
     037
wiþ lefly rede lippes lele
     038
romaunȝ forte rede
     039
hire teht aren white ase bon of whal
     040
euene set ant atled al
     041
ase hende mowe taken hede
     042
swannes swyre swyþe wel ysette
     043
a sponne lengore þen ymette
     044
þat freoly ys to fede
     045
me were leuere kepe hire come
     046
þen beon pope & ryde in rome
     047
styþes vpon stede
     048
When y byholde vpon hire hond
     049
þe lylie white lef in lond
     050
best heo mihte beo
     051
eyþer arm an elne long
     052
baloygne mengeþ al bymong
     053
ase baum ys hire bleo
     054
fyngres heo haþ feir to folde
     055
myhte ich hire haue & holde
     056
in world wel were me
     057
hyre tyttes aren an vnderbis
     058
as apples tuo of parays
     059
ouself ȝe mowen seo
     060
Hire gurdel of bete gold is al
     061
vmben hire middel smal
     062
þat trikeþ to þe to
     063
al whiþ rubies on a rowe
     064
wiþinne coruen craft to knowe
     065
ant emeraudes mo
     066
þe bocle is al of whalles bon
     067
þer wiþinne stont a ston
     068
þat warneþ men from wo
     069
þe water þat hit wetes yn
     070
ywis hit worþeþ al to wyn
     071
þat seȝen seyden so
     072
Heo haþ a mete myddel smal
     073
body & brest wel mad al
     074
ase feynes wiþoute fere Page  39
     075
eyþer side soft ase sylk
     076
whittore þen þe moren mylk
     077
wiþ leofly lit on lere
     078
al þat ich ou nempne noht
     079
hit is wonder wel ywroht
     080
ant elles wonder were
     081
he myhte sayen þat crist hym seȝe
     082
þat myhte nyhtes neh hyre leȝe
     083
heuene he heuede here
     084

Brook 8; Ker 35

In a fryht as y con fare fremede
     001
y founde a wel feyr fenge to fere
     002
heo glystnede ase gold when hit glemede
     003
nes ner gome so gladly on gere
     004
y wolde wyte in world who hire kenede
     005
þis burde bryht ȝef hire wil were
     006
heo me bed go my gates lest hire gremede
     007
ne kepte heo non henyng here
     008
yhere þou me nou hendest in helde
     009
nauy þe none harmes to heþe
     010
casten y wol þe from cares & kelde
     011
comeliche y wol þe nou cleþe
     012
cloþes y haue on forte caste
     013
such as y may weore wiþ wynne
     014
betere is were þunne boute laste
     015
þen syde robes ant synke into synne
     016
haue ȝe or wyl ȝe waxeþ vnwraste
     017
afterward or þonk be þynne
     018
betre is make forewardes faste
     019
þen afterward to mene & mynne
     020
of munnyng ne munte þou namore
     021
of menske þou were wurþe by my myht
     022
y:take an hond to holde þat y:hore
     023
of al þat y þe haue byhyht
     024
why ys þe loþ to leuen on my lore
     025
lengore þen my loue were on þe lyht
     026
anoþer myhte ȝerne þe so ȝore
     027
þat nolde þe noht rede so ryht Page  40
     028
such reed me myhte spaclyche reowe
     029
when al my ro were me atraht
     030
sone þo woldest vachen an newe
     031
ant take anoþer wiþinne nyȝe naht
     032
þenne mihti hengren on heowe
     033
in vch an hyrd ben hated & forhaht
     034
ant ben ycayred from alle þat y:kneowe
     035
& bede cleuyen þer y hade claht
     036
betere is taken a comeliche y cloþe
     037
in armes to cusse & to cluppe
     038
þen a wrecche y wedded so wroþe
     039
þah he me slowe ne myhti him asluppe
     040
þe beste red þat y:con to vs boþe
     041
þat þou me take ant y þe toward huppe
     042
þah y swore by treuþe & oþe
     043
þat god haþ shaped mey non at luppe
     044
mid shupping ne mey hit me ashunche
     045
nes y neuer wycche ne wyle
     046
ych am a maide þat me ofþunche
     047
luef me were gome boute gyle
     048

Brook 9; Ker 36

A wayle whyt ase whalles bon
     001
a grein in golde þat godly shon
     002
a tortle þat min herte is on
     003
in tonues trewe
     004
hire gladshipe nes neuer gon
     005
whil y may glewe
     006
when heo is glad
     007
of al þis world namore y:bad
     008
þen beo wiþ hire myn one bistad
     009
wiþ oute strif
     010
þe care þat icham yn ybrad
     011
y wyte a wyf
     012
A wyf nis non so worly wroht
     013
when heo ys blyþe to bedde ybroht
     014
wel were him þat wiste hire þoht
     015
þat þryuen & þro
     016
wel y wot heo nul me noht
     017
myn herte is wo Page  41
     018
hou shal þat lefly syng
     019
þat þus is marred in mournyng
     020
heo me wol to deþe bryng
     021
longe er my day
     022
gret hire wel þat swete þing
     023
wiþ eȝenen gray
     024
hyre heȝe haueþ wounded me ywisse
     025
hire bende browen þat bringeþ blisse
     026
hire comely mouth þat mihte cusse
     027
in muche murþe he were
     028
y wolde chaunge myn for his
     029
þat is here fere
     030
wolde hyre fere beo so freo
     031
ant wurþes were þat so myhte beo
     032
al for on y wolde ȝeue þreo
     033
wiþoute chep
     034
from helle to heuene ant sonne to see
     035
nys non so ȝe,e,p
     036
ne half so freo
     037
wose wole of loue be trewe do lystne me
     038
herkneþ me y ou telle
     039
in such wondryng for wo y welle
     040
nys no fur so hot in helle
     041
al to mon
     042
þat loueþ derne ant darn:out telle
     043
whet him ys on
     044
Ich vnne hire wel ant heo me wo
     045
ycham hire frend ant heo my fo
     046
me þuncheþ min herte wol breke atwo
     047
for sorewe ant syke
     048
in godes greting mote heo go
     049
þat wayle whyte
     050
Ich wolde ich were a þrestelcok
     051
a bountyng oþer a lauercok
     052
swete bryd
     053
bituene hire curtel ant hire smok
     054
y wolde ben hyd
     055
Page  42

Brook 10; Ker 41

Of a mon Matheu þohte
     001
þo he þe wynȝord whrohte
     002
ant wrot hit on ys boc
     003
In marewe men he sohte
     004
at vnder mo he brohte
     005
ant nom ant non forsoc
     006
At mydday ant at non
     007
he sende hem þider fol:son
     008
to helpen hem wiþ hoc
     009
huere foreward wes to fon
     010
so þe furmest heuede ydon
     011
ase þe erst vndertoc
     012
At euesong euen neh
     013
ydel men ȝet he seh
     014
lomen habbe an honde
     015
to hem he sayde an heh
     016
þat suyþe he wes vndreh
     017
so ydel forte stonde
     018
so hit wes bistad
     019
þat nomon hem ne bad
     020
huere lomes to fonde
     021
anon he was byrad
     022
to werk þat he hem lad
     023
for nyht nolde he nout wonde
     024
huere hure anyht hue nome
     025
he þat furst ant last come
     026
a peny brod & bryht
     027
þis oþer swore alle & some
     028
þat er were come wiþ lome
     029
þat so nes hit nout ryht
     030
ant swore somme vnsaht
     031
þat hem wes werk bytaht
     032
longe er hit were lyht
     033
for ryht were þat me raht
     034
þe mon þat al day wraht
     035
þe more mede anyht Page  43
     036
þenne seiþ he ywis
     037
why naþ nout vchmon his
     038
holdeþ nou or pees
     039
Away þou art vnwis
     040
tak al þat þin ys
     041
ant fare ase foreward wees
     042
ȝef y may betere beode
     043
to mi latere leode
     044
to leue nam y nout lees
     045
to alle þat euer hider eode
     046
to do today my neode
     047
Ichulle be wraþþelees
     048
þis world me wurcheþ wo
     049
rooles ase þe roo
     050
y sike for vnsete
     051
ant mourne ase men doh mo
     052
for doute of foule fo
     053
hou y my sunne may bete
     054
þis mon þat Matheu ȝef
     055
a peny þat wes so bref
     056
þis frely folk vnfete
     057
ȝet he ȝyrnden more
     058
ant saide he come wel ȝore
     059
ant gonne is loue forlete
     060

Brook 11; Ker 43

Lenten ys come wiþ loue to toune
     001
wiþ blosmen & wiþ briddes roune
     002
þat al þis blisse bryngeþ
     003
dayeseȝes in þis dales
     004
notes suete of nyhtegales
     005
vch foul song singeþ
     006
þe þrestelcoc him þreteþ oo
     007
away is huere wynter wo
     008
when woderoue springeþ
     009
þis foules singeþ ferly fele
     010
ant wlyteþ on huere wynter wele
     011
þat al þe wode ryngeþ Page  44
     012
þe rose rayleþ hire rode
     013
þe leues on þe lyhte wode
     014
waxen al wiþ wille
     015
þe mone mandeþ hire bleo
     016
þe lilie is lossom to seo
     017
þe fenyl & þe fille
     018
wowes þis wilde drakes
     019
Miles murgeþ huere makes
     020
ase strem þat strikeþ stille
     021
Mody meneþ so doh mo
     022
Ichot ycham on of þo
     023
for loue þat likes ille
     024
þe mone mandeþ hire lyht
     025
so doþ þe semly sonne bryht
     026
when briddes singeþ breme
     027
deawes donkeþ þe dounes
     028
deores wiþ huere derne rounes
     029
domes forte deme
     030
wormes woweþ vnder cloude
     031
wymmen waxeþ wounder proude
     032
so wel hit wol hem seme
     033
ȝef me shal wonte wille of on
     034
þis wunne weole y wole forgon
     035
ant wyht in wode be fleme
     036

Brook 12; Ker 44

In may hit murgeþ when hit dawes
     001
In dounes wiþ þis dueres plawes
     002
ant lef is lyht on lynde
     003
blesmes bredeþ on þe bowes
     004
al þis wylde wyhtes wowes
     005
so wel ych vnderfynde
     006
y not non so freoli flour
     007
ase ledies þat beþ bryht in bour
     008
wiþ loue who mihte hem bynde
     009
so worly wymmen are by west
     010
one of hem ich herie best
     011
from Irlond into ynde Page  45
     012
wymmen were þe beste þing
     013
þat shup oure heȝe heuene kyng
     014
ȝef feole false nere
     015
heo beoþ to rad vpon huere red
     016
to loue þer me hem lastes bed
     017
when heo shule fenge fere
     018
Lut in londe are to leue
     019
þah me hem trewe trouþe ȝeue
     020
for tricherie to ȝere
     021
when trichour haþ is trouþe yplyht
     022
byswyken he haþ þat suete wyht
     023
þah he hire oþes swere
     024
wymmon war þe wiþ þe swyke
     025
þat feir ant freoly ys to fyke
     026
ys fare is o to founde
     027
so wyde in world ys huere won
     028
in vch a toune vntrewe is on
     029
from Leycestre to Lounde
     030
of treuþe nis þe trichour noht
     031
bote he habbe is wille ywroht
     032
at steuenyng vmbe stounde
     033
ah feyre leuedis be on war
     034
to late comeþ þe ȝeynchar
     035
when loue ou haþ ybounde
     036
wymmen bueþ so feyr on hewe
     037
ne trowy none þat nere trewe
     038
ȝef trichour hem ne tahte
     039
ah feyre þinges freoly bore
     040
when me ou woweþ beþ war bifore
     041
whuch is worldes ahte
     042
al to late is send aȝeyn
     043
when þe ledy liht byleyn
     044
ant lyueþ by þat he lahte
     045
ah wolde Lylie leor in lyn
     046
yhere leuely lores myn
     047
wiþ selþe we weren sahte
     048
Page  46

Brook 13; Ker 45

Heȝe louerd þou here my bone
     001
�at madest middelert & mone
     002
ant mon of murþes munne
     003
trusti kyng ant trewe in trone
     004
þat þou be wiþ me sahte sone
     005
asoyle me of sunne
     006
Fol ich wes in folies fayn
     007
In luthere lastes y am layn
     008
þat makeþ myn þryftes þunne
     009
þat semly sawes wes woned to seyn
     010
Nou is marred al my meyn
     011
away is al my wunne
     012
vnwunne haueþ myn wonges wet
     013
þat makeþ me rouþes rede
     014
Ne semy nout þer y am set
     015
þer me calleþ me fulle flet
     016
ant waynoun wayteglede
     017
Whil ich wes in wille wolde
     018
In vch a bour among þe bolde
     019
yholde wiþ þe heste
     020
Nou y may no fynger folde
     021
Lutel loued ant lasse ytolde
     022
yleued wiþ þe leste
     023
A goute me haþ ygreyþed so
     024
ant oþer eueles monye mo
     025
y not whet bote is beste
     026
þar er wes wilde ase þe ro
     027
nou yswyke y mei nout so
     028
hit siweþ me so faste
     029
Faste y wes on horse heh
     030
ant werede worly wede
     031
Nou is faren al my feh
     032
wiþ serewe þat ich hit euer seh
     033
a staf ys nou my stede
     034
When y se steden styþe in stalle
     035
ant y go haltinde in þe halle
     036
Myn huerte gynneþ to helde
     037
þat er wes wildest inwiþ walle
     038
nou is vnder fote yfalle
     039
ant mey no fynger felde Page  47
     040
þer ich wes luef icham ful loht
     041
ant alle myn godes me atgoht
     042
myn gomenes waxeþ gelde
     043
þat feyre founden me mete & cloht
     044
hue wrieþ awey as hue were wroht
     045
such is euel ant elde
     046
Euel ant elde ant oþer wo
     047
foleweþ me so faste
     048
Me þunkeþ myn herte brekeþ a tuo
     049
suete god whi shal hit swo
     050
hou mai hit lengore laste
     051
whil mi lif wes luþer & lees
     052
glotonie mi glemon wes
     053
wiþ me he wonede a while
     054
prude wes my plowe fere
     055
lecherie my lauendere
     056
wiþ hem is gabbe & gyle
     057
Coueytise myn keyes bere
     058
Niþe ant onde were mi fere
     059
þat bueþ folkes fyle
     060
Lyare wes mi latymer
     061
sleuthe & slep mi bedyuer
     062
þat weneþ me vnbe while
     063
vmbe while y am to whene
     064
when y shal murþes meten
     065
Monne mest y am to mene
     066
lord þat hast me lyf to lene
     067
such lotes lef me leten
     068
such lyf ich haue lad fol ȝore
     069
merci louerd y nul namore
     070
bowen ichulle to bete
     071
syker hit siweþ me ful sore
     072
gabbes les & luþere lore
     073
sunnes bueþ vnsete
     074
godes heste ne huld y noht
     075
bote euer aȝeyn is wille ywroht
     076
mon lereþ me to lete
     077
such serewe haþ myn sides þurhsoht
     078
þat al y weolewe away to noht
     079
when y shal murþes mete Page  48
     080
To mete murþes ich wes wel fous
     081
ant comely mon ta calle
     082
y:sugge by oþer ase bi ous
     083
alse ys hirmon halt in hous
     084
ase heued hount in halle
     085
dredful deþ why wolt þou dare
     086
bryng þis body þat is so bare
     087
ant yn bale ybounde
     088
Careful mon ycast in care
     089
y falewe as flour y let forþfare
     090
ychabbe myn deþes wounde
     091
murþes helpeþ me no more
     092
help me lord er þen ich hore
     093
ant stunt my lyf a stounde
     094
þat ȝokkyn haþ yȝyrned ȝore
     095
Nou hit sereweþ him ful sore
     096
ant bringeþ him to grounde
     097
to grounde hit haueþ him ybroht
     098
whet ys þe beste bote
     099
bote heryen him þat haht vs boht
     100
vre lord þat al þis world haþ wroht
     101
ant fallen him to fote
     102
Nou icham to deþe ydyht
     103
ydon is al my dede
     104
god vs lene of ys lyht
     105
þat we of soutes habben syht
     106
ant heuene to mede � amen.
     107

Brook 14; Ker 46

Blow northerne wynd
     001
sent þou me my suetyng
     002
blow norþerne wynd
     003
blou blou blou
     004
Ichot a burde in boure bryht
     005
þat sully semly is on syht
     006
menskful maiden of myht
     007
feir ant fre to fonde Page  49
     008
In al þis wurhliche won
     009
a burde of blod & of bon
     010
neuerȝete y nuste non
     011
lussomore in londe
     012
blow &c
     013
wiþ lokkes lefliche & longe
     014
wiþ frount & face feir to fonde
     015
wiþ murþes monie mote heo monge
     016
þat brid so breme in boure
     017
wiþ lossom eye grete ant gode
     018
wiþ browen blysfol vnder hode
     019
he þat reste him on þe rode
     020
þat leflich lyf honoure
     021
Blou &c
     022
hire lure lumes liht
     023
ase a launterne anyht
     024
hire bleo blykyeþ so bryht
     025
so feyr heo is ant fyn
     026
a suetly suyre heo haþ to holde
     027
wiþ armes shuldre ase mon wolde
     028
ant fyngres feyre forte folde
     029
god wolde hue were myn
     030
Middel heo haþ menskful smal
     031
hire loueliche chere as cristal
     032
þeȝes leggos fet ant al
     033
ywraht wes of þe beste
     034
a lussum ledy lasteles
     035
þat sweting is & euer wes
     036
a betere burde neuer nes
     037
yheryed wiþ þe heste
     038
heo is dereworþe in day
     039
graciouse stout ant gay
     040
Ientil iolyf so þe Iay
     041
worhliche when heo wakeþ
     042
Maiden murgest of mouþ
     043
bi est bi west by norþ & souþ
     044
þer nis fiele ne crouþ
     045
þat such murþes makeþ Page  50
     046
heo is coral of godnesse
     047
heo is rubie of ryhtfulnesse
     048
heo is cristal of clannesse
     049
ant baner of bealte
     050
heo is lilie of largesse
     051
heo is paruenke of prouesse
     052
heo is solsecle of suetnesse
     053
ant ledy of lealte
     054
to loue þat leflich is in londe
     055
y tolde him as ych vnderstonde
     056
hou þis hende haþ hent in honde
     057
on huerte þat myn wes
     058
ant hire knyhtes me han so soht
     059
sykyng sorewyng & þoht
     060
þo þre me han in bale broht
     061
aȝeyn þe poer of pe'e's
     062
to loue y putte pleyntes mo
     063
hou sykyng me haþ siwed so
     064
ant eke þoht me þrat to slo
     065
wiþ maistry ȝef he myhte
     066
ant serewe sore in balful bende
     067
þat he wolde for þis hende
     068
me lede to my lyues ende
     069
vnlahfulliche in lyhte
     070
hire loue me lustnede vch word
     071
ant beh him to me ouer bord
     072
ant bed me hente þat hord
     073
of myne huerte hele
     074
ant bisecheþ þat swete ant swote
     075
er þen þou falle as fen of fote
     076
þat heo wiþ þe wolle of bote
     077
dereworþliche dele
     078
for hire loue y carke ant care
     079
for hire loue y droupne ant dare
     080
for hire loue my blisse is bare
     081
ant al ich waxe won
     082
for hire loue in slep y slake
     083
for hire loue al nyht ich wake
     084
for hire loue mournyng y make
     085
More þen eny mon
     086
Page  51

Brook 15; Ker 50

Suete iesu king of blysse
     001
myn huerte loue min huerte lisse
     002
þou art suete myd ywisse
     003
wo is him þat þe shal misse
     004
suete iesu min huerte lyht
     005
þou art day wiþoute nyht
     006
þen ȝeue me streinþe & eke myht
     007
forte louien þe aryht
     008
Suete iesu min huerte bote
     009
in myn huerte þou sete a rote
     010
of þi loue þat is so swote
     011
ant leue þat hit springe mote
     012
suete iesu myn huerte gleem
     013
bryhtore þen þe sonnebeem
     014
ybore þou were in Bedleheem
     015
þou make me here þi suete dreem
     016
Suete iesu þi loue is suete
     017
wo is him þat þe shal lete
     018
þarefore me shulden ofte þe grete
     019
wiþ salte teres & eȝe wepe
     020
Suete iesu kyng of londe
     021
þou make me fer vnderstonde
     022
þat min herte mote fonde
     023
hou suete bueþ þi loue bonde
     024
Swete iesu louerd myn
     025
my lyf myn huerte al is þin
     026
vndo myn herte & liht þeryn
     027
ant wite me from fendes engyn
     028
Suete iesu my soule fode
     029
þin werkes bueþ bo suete & gode
     030
þou bohtest me vpon þe rode
     031
for me þou sheddest þi blode Page  52
     032
Suete iesu me reoweþ sore
     033
gultes þat y ha wroþt ȝore
     034
þarefore y bidde þin mylse & ore
     035
merci lord y nul namore
     036
Suete iesu louerd god
     037
þou me bohtest wiþ þi blod
     038
out of þin huerte orn þe flod
     039
þi moder hit seh þat þe by stod
     040
Suete iesu bryht & shene
     041
y:preye þe þou here my bene
     042
þourh erndyng of þe heuene quene
     043
þat my bone be nou sene
     044
Suete iesu berne best
     045
wiþ ich hope halbe rest
     046
wheþer y be souþ oþer west
     047
þe help of þe be me nest
     048
Suete iesu wel may him be
     049
þat þe may in blisse se
     050
after mi soule let aungles te
     051
for me ne gladieþ gome ne gle
     052
Suete iesu heuene kyng
     053
feir & best of alle þyng
     054
þou bring me of þis longing
     055
& come to þe at myn endyng
     056
Suete iesu al folkes reed
     057
graunte ous er we buen ded
     058
þe vnderfonge in fourme of bred
     059
ant seþþe to heouene þou vs led
     060

Brook 16; Ker 51

Iesu crist heouene kyng
     001
ȝef vs alle god endyng
     002
þat bone biddeþ þe
     003
at þe biginnyng of mi song
     004
iesu y þe preye among
     005
in stude al wher y be Page  53
     006
For þou art kyng of alle
     007
to þe y clepie ant calle
     008
þou haue merci of me
     009
þis enderday in o morewenyng
     010
wiþ dreri herte ant gret mournyng
     011
on mi folie y þohte
     012
one þat is so suete a þing
     013
þat ber iesse þe heuene kyng
     014
merci y besohte
     015
iesu for þi muchele myht
     016
þou graunte vs alle heuene lyht
     017
þat vs so duere bohtes
     018
for þi merci iesu suete
     019
þin hondywerk nult þou lete
     020
þat þou wel ȝerne sohtest
     021
wel ichot ant soþ hit ys
     022
þat in þis world nys no blys
     023
bote care serewe & pyne
     024
þarefore ich rede we wurchen so
     025
þat we mowe come to
     026
þe ioye wiþoute fyne
     027

Brook 17; Ker 52

Wynter wakeneþ al my care
     001
nou þis leues waxeþ bare
     002
ofte y sike & mourne sare
     003
when hit comeþ in my þoht
     004
of þis worldes ioie hou hit geþ al to noht
     005
Nou hit is & nou hit nys
     006
also hit ner nere ywys
     007
þat moni mon seiþ soþ hit ys
     008
al goþ bote godes wille
     009
alle we shule deye þaþ vs like ylle
     010
al þat gren me graueþ grene
     011
nou hit faleweþ al bydene
     012
iesu help þat hit be sene
     013
ant shild vs from helle
     014
for y not whider y shal ne hou longe her duelle
     015
Page  54

Brook 18; Ker 53

When y se blosmes springe
     001
ant here foules song
     002
suete louelongynge
     003
myn herte þourhout stong
     004
al for a loue newe
     005
þat is so suete & trewe
     006
þat gladieþ al my song
     007
ich wot al myd iwisse
     008
my ioie & eke my blisse
     009
on him is al ylong
     010
when y miselue stonde
     011
& wiþ myn eȝen seo
     012
þurled fot ant honde
     013
wiþ grete nayles þreo
     014
blody wes ys heued
     015
on him nes nout bileued
     016
þat wes of peynes freo
     017
wel wel ohte myn herte
     018
for his loue to smerte
     019
ant sike ant sory beo
     020
Iesu milde & softe
     021
ȝef me streynþe ant myht
     022
Longen sore an ofte
     023
to louye þe aryht
     024
pyne to þolie ant dreȝe
     025
for þe sone marye
     026
þou art so fre ant bryht
     027
mayden ant moder mylde
     028
for loue of þine childe
     029
ernde vs heuene lyht
     030
alas þat y ne couþe
     031
turne to him my þoht
     032
ant cheosen him to lemmon
     033
so duere he vs haþ yboht
     034
wiþ woundes deope ant stronge
     035
wiþ peynes sore ant longe
     036
of loue ne conne we noht
     037
his blod þat feol to grounde
     038
of hise suete wounde
     039
of peyne vs haþ yboht Page  55
     040
Iesu milde ant suete
     041
y synge þe mi song
     042
ofte y þe grete
     043
ant preye þe among
     044
let me sunnes lete
     045
ant in þis lyue bete
     046
þat ich haue do wrong
     047
at oure lyues ende
     048
when whe shule wende
     049
iesu vs vndefong amen
     050
Page  56

Brook 20; Ker 60

Stond wel moder vnder rode
     001
byholt þy sone wiþ glade mode
     002
blyþe moder myht þou be
     003
sone hou shulde y bliþe stonde
     004
y se þin fet y se þin honde
     005
nayled to þe harde tre.
     006
moder do wey þy wepinge
     007
y þole deþ for monkynde,
     008
for my gult þole y non,
     009
sone y fele þe dedestounde
     010
þe suert is at myn herte grounde
     011
þat me byhet symeon,
     012
moder merci let me deye
     013
for adam out of helle beye
     014
ant his kun þat is forlore
     015
sone what shal me to rede
     016
my peyne pyneþ me to dede
     017
lat me deȝe þe byfore
     018
moder þou rewe al of þi bern
     019
þou wosshe awai þe blody tern
     020
hit þop me worse þen my ded,
     021
sone hou may y teres werne
     022
y se þe blody stremes erne
     023
from þin herte to my fet
     024
moder nou y may þe seye
     025
betere is þat ich one deye
     026
þen al monkunde to helle go,
     027
sone y se þi bodi byswngen
     028
fet & honden þourhout stongen
     029
no wonder þah me be wo
     030
moder now y shal þe telle
     031
ȝef y ne deȝe þou gost to helle
     032
y þole ded for þine sake,
     033
sone þou art so meke & mynde
     034
ne wyt me naht hit is my kynde
     035
þat y for þe þis sorewe make Page  57
     036
moder nou þou miht wel leren
     037
whet sorewe haueþ þat children beren
     038
whet sorewe hit is wiþ childe gon
     039
sorewe ywis y con þe telle
     040
bote hit be þe pyne of helle
     041
more serewe wot y nou,
     042
moder rew of moder kare
     043
for nou þou wost of moder fare
     044
þou þou be clene mayden mon
     045
sone help at alle nede
     046
alle þo þat to me grede
     047
maiden wif ant fol wymmon
     048
moder may y no lengore duelle
     049
þe time is come y shal to helle
     050
þe þridde day y ryse vpon
     051
sone y wil wiþ þe founden,
     052
y deye ywis for þine wounden
     053
so soreweful ded nes neuer non
     054
when he ros þo fel hire sorewe
     055
hire blisse sprong þe þridde morewe
     056
blyþe moder were þou þo
     057
Leuedy for þat ilke blisse
     058
bysech þi sone of sunnes lisse,
     059
þou be oure sheld aȝeyn oure fo
     060
blessed be þou ful of blysse
     061
let vs neuer heuene misse
     062
þourh þi suete sones myht
     063
louerd for þat ilke blod,
     064
þat þou sheddest on þe rod,
     065
þou bryng vs into heuene lyht Amen.
     066

Brook 21; Ker 61

Iesu for þi muchele miht
     001
þou ȝef vs of þi grace
     002
þat we mowe dai & nyht
     003
þenken o þi face
     004
in myn herte hit doþ me god,
     005
when y þenke on iesu blod,
     006
þat ran doun bi ys syde Page  58
     007
from is herte doun to is fot
     008
for ous he spradde is herte blod,
     009
his wondes were so wyde
     010
when y þenke on iesu ded
     011
min herte ouerwerpes
     012
mi soule is won so is þe led
     013
for mi fole werkes
     014
ful wo is þat ilke mon
     015
þat iesu ded ne þenkes on
     016
what he soffrede so sore
     017
for my synnes y wil wete
     018
ant alle y wyle hem forlete,
     019
nou & euermore.
     020
mon þat is in ioie & blis,
     021
& liþ in shame & synne
     022
he is more þen vnwis
     023
þat þerof nul nout blynne
     024
al þis world hit geþ away,
     025
me þynkeþ hit neȝyþ domesday,
     026
nou man gos to grounde
     027
iesu crist þat þolede ded,
     028
he may oure soules to heuene led,
     029
wiþinne a lutel stounde
     030
þah þou haue al þi wille
     031
þenk on godes wondes
     032
for þat we ne shulde spille
     033
he þolede harde stoundes
     034
al for mon he þolede ded,
     035
ȝyf he wyle leue on is red
     036
ant leue his folie
     037
we shule haue ioie & blis
     038
more þen we conne seien ywys
     039
in iesu compagnie
     040
iesu þat wes milde & fre
     041
wes wiþ spere ystonge
     042
he was nailed to þe tre
     043
wiþ scourges yswongen
     044
al for mon he þolede shame
     045
wiþouten gult wiþouten blame
     046
boþe day & oþer Page  59
     047
mon ful muchel he louede þe
     048
when he wolde make þe fre
     049
ant bicome þi broþer.
     050

Brook 22; Ker 62

Y syke when y singe
     001
for sorewe þat y se
     002
when y wiþ wypinge
     003
biholde vpon þe tre
     004
ant se iesu þe suete
     005
is herte blod forlete
     006
for þe loue of me
     007
ys woundes waxen wete
     008
þei wepen stille & mete
     009
marie reweþ þe
     010
heȝe vpon a doune
     011
þer al folk hit se may
     012
a mile from vch toune
     013
aboute þe midday
     014
þe rode is vp arered
     015
his frendes aren afered
     016
ant clyngeþ so þe clay ,
     017
þe rode stond in stone
     018
marie stont hire one
     019
ant seiþ weylaway
     020
when y þe biholde
     021
wiþ eyȝen bryhte bo
     022
ant þi bodi colde
     023
þi ble waxeþ blo,
     024
þou hengest al of blode
     025
so heȝe vpon þe rode
     026
bituene þeues tuo
     027
who may syke more
     028
marie wepeþ sore
     029
ant siht al þis wo
     030
þe naylles beþ to stronge
     031
þe smyþes are to sleye
     032
þou bledest al to longe
     033
þe tre is al to heyȝe
     034
þe stones beoþ al wete Page  60
     035
alas iesu þe suete
     036
for nou frend hast þou non
     037
bote seint Iohan mournynde
     038
ant marie wepynde
     039
for pyne þat þe ys on
     040
ofte when y sike
     041
& makie my mon
     042
welille þah me like
     043
wonder is hit non
     044
when y se honge heȝe
     045
ant bittre pynes dreȝe
     046
iesu my lemmon
     047
his wondes sore smerte
     048
þe spere al to is herte
     049
ant þourh is sydes gon
     050
ofte when y syke
     051
wiþ care y am þourh soht
     052
when y wake y wyke
     053
of serewe is al mi þoht
     054
alas men beþ wode
     055
þat suereþ by þe rode
     056
& selleþ him for noht
     057
þat bohte vs out of synne
     058
he bring vs to wynne
     059
þat haþ vs duere boht
     060

Brook 23; Ker 63

Nou skrnkeþ rose & lylie flour
     001
þat whilen ber þat suete sauour
     002
in somer þat suete tyde
     003
ne is no quene so stark ne stour
     004
ne no leuedy so bryht in bour
     005
þat ded ne shal by glyde
     006
whose wel fleysh lust forgon
     007
& heuene blis abyde
     008
on iesu be is þoht anon
     009
þat þerled was ys side Page  61
     010
from petersbourh in o morewenyng
     011
as y me wende o:my pleyȝyng
     012
on mi folie y þohte
     013
meuen y gon my mournyng
     014
to hire þat ber þe heuene kyng
     015
of merci hire bysohte
     016
ledy preye þi sone for ous
     017
þat vs duere dohte
     018
ant shild vs from þe loþe hous þat to the fend is wrohte
     019
þat to the fend is wrohte
     020
myn herte of dedes wes fordred
     021
of synne þat y haue my fleish fed
     022
ant folewed al my tyme
     023
þat y not whider ishal be led,
     024
when y lygge on deþes bed,
     025
in ioie ore into pyne
     026
on a ledy myn hope is
     027
moder ant virgyne
     028
whe shulen into heuene blis
     029
þurh hire medicine
     030
betere is hire medycyn
     031
þen eny mede or eny wyn
     032
hire erbes smulleþ suete
     033
from catenas into dyuelyn
     034
nis þer no leche so fyn
     035
oure serewes to bete
     036
mon þat feleþ eni sor
     037
& his folie wol lete
     038
wiþoute gold oþer eny tresor
     039
he mai be sound ant sete.
     040
of penaunce is his plastre al
     041
ant euer seruen hire y shal
     042
nou & al my lyue
     043
nou is fre þat er wes þral
     044
al þourh þat leuedy gent & smal
     045
heried be hyr ioies fyue
     046
wherso eny sek ys
     047
þider hye blyue
     048
þurh hire beoþ ybroht to blis
     049
bo mayden ant wyue Page  62
     050
for he þat dude is body on tre
     051
of oure sinnes haue piete
     052
þat weldes heouene boures
     053
wymmon wiþ þi iolyfte,
     054
þou þench on godes shoures,
     055
þah þou be whyt & bryth on ble
     056
falewen shule þy floures
     057
Iesu haue merci of vs
     058
þat al þis world honoures � Amen.
     059

Brook 24; Ker 64

My deþ y loue my lyf ich hate for a leuedy shene
     001
heo is brith so daies liht þat is on me wel sene
     002
al y falewe so doþ þe lef in somer when hit is grene
     003
ȝef mi þoht helpeþ me noht to wham shal y me mene
     004
sorewe & syke & drery mod byndeþ me so faste
     005
þat y wene to walke wod ȝef hit me lengore laste
     006
my serewe my care al wiþ a word he myhte awey caste
     007
whet helpeþ þe my suete lemmon my lyf þus forte gaste
     008
do wey þou clerc þou art a fol wiþ þe bydde y noht chyde
     009
shalt þou neuer lyue þat day mi loue þat þou shalt byde
     010
ȝef þou in my boure art take shame þe may bityde,
     011
þe is bettere on fote gon þen wycked hors to ryde.
     012
weylawei whi seist þou so þou rewe on me þy man,
     013
þou art euer in my þoht in londe wher ich am
     014
ȝef y deȝe for þi loue hit is þe mykel sham
     015
þou lete me lyue & be þi luef & þou my suete lemman.
     016
be stille þou fol y calle þe riþt cost þou neuer blynne
     017
þou art wayted day & nyht wiþ fader & al my kynne
     018
be þou in mi bour ytake lete þey for no synne
     019
me to holde & þe to slon þe deþ so þou maht wynne
     020
suete ledy þou wend þi mod sorewe þou wolt me kyþe
     021
ich am al so sory mon so ich was whylen blyþe
     022
in a wyndou þer we stod we custe vs fyfty syþe
     023
feir biheste makeþ mony mon al is serewes mythe Page  63
     024
weylawey whi seist þou so mi serewe þou makest newe
     025
y louede a clerk al paramours of loue he wes ful trewe
     026
he nes nout blyþe neuer a day bote he me sone seȝe
     027
ich louede him betere þen my lyf whet bote is hit to leȝe
     028
whil y wes a clerc in scole wel muchel y couþe of lore
     029
ych haue þoled for þy loue woundes fele sore
     030
fer from & eke from men vnder þe wode gore
     031
suete ledy þou rewe of me nou may y no more
     032
þou semest wel to ben a clerc for þou spekest so stille
     033
shalt þou neuer for mi loue woundes þole grylle
     034
fader moder & al my kun ne shal me holde so stille
     035
þat y nam þyn & þou art myn to don al þi wille
     036

Brook 25; Ker 65

When þe nyhtegale singes þe wodes waxen grene
     001
lef & gras & blosme springes in aueryl y:wene
     002
ant loue is to myn herte gon wiþ one spere so kene
     003
nyht & day my blod hit drynkes myn herte deþ me tene.
     004
Ich haue loued al þis ȝer þat y may loue namore
     005
ich haue siked moni syk lemmon for þin ore
     006
me nis loue neuer þe ner & þat me reweþ sore
     007
suete lemmon þench on me ich haue loued þe ȝore
     008
suete lemmon y preye þe of loue one speche
     009
whil y lyue in world so wyde oþer nulle y seche
     010
wiþ þy loue my suete leof mi blis þou mihtes eche
     011
a suete cos of þy mouþ mihte be my leche
     012
suete lemmon y:preeȝe þe of a loue bene
     013
ȝef þou me louest ase men says lemmon as y wene
     014
ant ȝef hit þi wille be þou loke þat hit be sene
     015
so muchel y þenke vpon þe þat al y waxe grene
     016
bituene lyncolne & lyndeseye norhamptoun ant lounde
     017
ne wot y non so fayr a:may as y go fore ybounde
     018
suete lemmon ypreȝe þe þou louie me a stounde
     019
y wole mone my song
     020
on wham þat hit ys on ylong
     021
Page  64

Brook 26; Ker 66

Blessed be þou leuedy ful of heouene blisse
     001
suete flur of parays moder of mildenesse
     002
preyȝe iesu þy sone þat he merede & wysse
     003
so my wey forte gon þat he me neuer misse
     004
of þe suete leuedy my song y wile byginne
     005
þy deore suete sones loue þou lere me to wynne
     006
ofte y syke & serewe among may y neuer blynne
     007
leuedi for þi milde mod þou shilde me from synne
     008
myne þohtes leuedy makeþ me ful wan
     009
to þe y crie & calle þou here me for þi man
     010
help me heuene quene for þyn euer:ycham
     011
wisse me to þi deore sone þe weres y ne can
     012
Leuedy seinte marie for þi milde mod
     013
soffre neuer þat y be so wilde ne so wod
     014
þat ich her forleose þe þat art so god
     015
þat iesu me to bohte wiþ is suete blod
     016
bryhte & shene sterre cler lyht þou me & lere
     017
In þis false fykel world myselue so to bere
     018
þat y ner at myn endyng haue þe feond to fere
     019
Iesu mid þi suete blod þou bohtest me so dere
     020
Leuedi seinte marie so fair & so briht
     021
al myn help is on þe bi day & by nyht
     022
leuedi fre þou shilde me so wel as þou myht
     023
þat y neuer forleose heueriche lyht
     024
leuedy seinte marie so fayr & so hende
     025
preye iesu crist þi sone þat he me grace sende
     026
so to queme him & þe er ich henne wende
     027
þat he me bringe to þe blis þat is wiþouten ende
     028
ofte y crie merci of mylse þou art welle
     029
alle buen false þat bueþ mad boþe of fleysh & felle
     030
leuedi suete þou vs shild from þe pine of helle
     031
bring vs to þe ioie þat no tonge hit may of telle Page  65
     032
Iesu crist godes sone fader & holy gost
     033
help vs at oure nede as þou hit al wel wost
     034
bring vs to þin riche þer is ioie most
     035
let vs neuer hit misse for non worldes bost
     036

Brook 27; Ker 67

Ase y me rod þis ender day
     001
by grene wode to seche play
     002
mid herte y þohte al on a may
     003
suetest of alle þinge
     004
Lyþe & ich ou telle may
     005
al of þat suete þinge
     006
þis maide is suete ant fre of blod
     007
briht & feyr of milde mod
     008
alle heo mai don vs god
     009
þurh hire bysechynge
     010
of hire he tok fleysh & blod
     011
iesu heuene kynge
     012
Wiþ al mi lif y loue þat may
     013
he is mi solas nyht & day
     014
my ioie & eke my beste play
     015
ant eke my louelongynge
     016
al þe betere meis þat day
     017
þat ich of hire synge
     018
of alle þinge y loue hire mest
     019
my dayes blis my nyhtes rest
     020
heo counseileþ & helpeþ best
     021
boþe elde & ȝynge
     022
nou y may ȝef y wole
     023
þe fif ioyes mynge
     024
þe furst ioie of þat wynman
     025
when gabriel from heuene cam
     026
ant seide god shulde bicome man
     027
ant of hire be bore
     028
& bringe vp of helle pyn
     029
monkyn þat wes forlore Page  66
     030
þat oþer ioie of þat may
     031
wes o cristesmasse day
     032
when god wes bore on þoro lay
     033
ant brohte vs lyhtnesse
     034
þe ster wes seie byfore day
     035
þis hirdes bereþ wytnesse
     036
þe þ4idde ioie of þat leuedy
     037
þat men clepeþ þe epyphany
     038
when þe kynges come wery
     039
to presente hyre sone
     040
wiþ myrre gold & encenȝ
     041
þat wes mon bicome
     042
þe furþe ioie we telle mawen
     043
on estermorewe wen hit gon dawen
     044
hyre sone þat wes slawen
     045
aros in fleysh & bon
     046
more ioie ne mai me hauen
     047
wyf ne mayden non
     048
þe fifte ioie of þat wymman
     049
when hire body to heuene cam
     050
þe soule to þe body nam
     051
ase hit wes woned to bene
     052
crist leue vs alle wiþ þat wymman
     053
þat ioie al forte sene
     054
preye we alle to oure leuedy
     055
ant to þe sontes þat woneþ hire by
     056
þat heo of vs hauen merci
     057
ant þat we ne misse
     058
In þis world to ben holy
     059
ant wynne heuene blysse
     060
amen
     061

Brook 28; Ker 69

Mayden moder milde
     001
oieȝ cel oreysoun
     002
from shome þou me shilde
     003
e de ly mal feloun Page  67
     004
for loue of þine childe
     005
me menez de tresoun
     006
Ich wes wod & wilde
     007
ore su en prisoun
     008
þou art feyr & fre
     009
e plein de doucour
     010
of þe sprong þe ble
     011
ly souerein creatour
     012
mayde byseche y:þe
     013
vostre seint socour
     014
meoke & mylde be wiþ me
     015
pur la sue amour
     016
þo Iudas iesum founde
     017
donque ly beysa
     018
he wes bete & bounde
     019
que nous tous fourma
     020
wyde were is wounde
     021
qe le gyw ly dona
     022
he þolede harde stounde
     023
me poi le greua
     024
on stou ase þou stode
     025
puccele tot pensaunt
     026
þou restest þe vnder rode
     027
ton fitz veites pendant
     028
þou seȝe is sides of blode
     029
l'alme de ly partaunt
     030
he ferede vch an fode
     031
en mound que fust viuant
     032
ys siden were sore
     033
le sang de ly cora
     034
þat lond wes forlore
     035
mes il le rechata
     036
vch bern þat wes ybore
     037
en enfern descenda
     038
he þolede deþ þerfore
     039
en ciel puis mounta
     040
þo pilat herde þe tydynge
     041
molt fu ioyous baroun
     042
he lette byfore him brynge
     043
iesu nazaroun Page  68
     044
he was ycrouned kynge
     045
pur nostre redempcioun
     046
whose wol me synge
     047
auera grant pardoun
     048

Brook 29; Ker 73

God, þat al þis myhtes may
     001
in heuene & erþe [þy] wille ys oo
     002
ichabbe be losed mony a day
     003
er ant late y be þy foo
     004
ich wes to wyte & wiste my lay
     005
longe habbe holde me þerfro
     006
vol of merci þou art ay
     007
al vngreyþe icham to þe to go
     008
To go to him þat haþ ous boht
     009
my gode deden bueþ fol smalle
     010
of þe werkes þat ich ha wroht
     011
þe beste is bittrore þen þe galle
     012
my god ich wiste y nolde hit noht
     013
in fohe me wes luef to folie
     014
when y myself haue þourhsoht
     015
y knowe me for þe wrst of alle
     016
God þat deȝedest on þe rod
     017
al þis world to forþren & fylle
     018
for ous þou sheddest þi suete blod
     019
þat y ha don me lykeþ ylle
     020
bote er aȝeyn þe stiþ y:stod
     021
er & late loude ant stille
     022
of myne deden fynde y non god
     023
lord of me þou do þy wille
     024
In herte ne myhte y neuer bowe
     025
ne to my kunde louerd drawe
     026
my meste vo ys my loues trowe
     027
crist ne stod me neuer hawe
     028
ich holde me vilore þen a gyw
     029
& y myself wolde bue knowe
     030
Lord merci rewe me now
     031
reyse vp þat ys falle lowe Page  69
     032
god þat al þis world shal hede
     033
þy gode myht þou hast in wolde
     034
on erþe þou come for oure nede
     035
for ous sunful were boht & solde
     036
when we bueþ dempned after vr dede
     037
a domesday when ryhtes bueþ tolde
     038
when we shule suen þy wounde blede
     039
to speke þenne we bueþ vnbolde
     040
vnbold icham to bidde þe bote
     041
swyþe vnreken ys my re'e's
     042
þy wille ne welk y ner afote
     043
to wickede werkes y me che'e's
     044
fals y wes in crop ant rote
     045
when y seyde þy lore wes le'e's
     046
Iesu crist þou be mi bote
     047
so boun icham to make my pe'e's
     048
Al unreken ys my ro
     049
louerd crist whet shal y say
     050
of myne deden fynde y non fro
     051
ne noþyng þat y þenke may
     052
vnwrþ icham to come þe to
     053
y serue þe nouþer nyht ne day
     054
In þy merci y me do
     055
god þat al þis myhtes may
     056

Brook 30; Ker 81

Mon in þe mone stond & strit
     001
on is botforke is burþen he bereþ
     002
hit is muche wonder þat he na doun slyt
     003
for doute leste he valle he shoddreþ ant shereþ
     004
when þe forst freseþ muche chele he byd
     005
þe þornes beþ kene is hattren to tereþ
     006
Nis no wyþt in þe world þat wot wen he syt
     007
ne bote hit bue þe hegge whet wedes he wereþ
     008
whider trowe þis mon ha þe wey take
     009
he haþ set is o fot is oþer toforen
     010
For non hiþte þat he haþ ne syþt me hym ner shake
     011
he is þe sloweste mon þat euer wes yboren Page  70
     012
Wher he were o þe feld pycchynde stake
     013
for hope of ys þornes to dutten is doren
     014
He mot myd is twybyl oþer trous make
     015
oþer al is dayes werk þer were yloren
     016
�is ilke mon vpon heh whener he were
     017
wher he were y þe mone boren ant yfed
     018
He leneþ on is forke ase a grey frere
     019
þis crokede caynard sore he is adred
     020
Hit is mony day go þat he was here
     021
ichot of is ernde he naþ nout ysped
     022
He haþ hewe sumwher a burþen of brere
     023
þarefore sum hayward haþ taken ys wed
     024
Yef þy wed ys ytake bring hom þe trous
     025
sete forþ þyn oþer fot stryd ouer sty
     026
We shule preye þe haywart hom to vr hous
     027
ant maken hym at heyse for þe maystry
     028
Drynke to hym deorly of fol god bous
     029
ant oure dame douse shal sitten hym by
     030
When þat he is dronke ase a dreynt mous
     031
þenne we schule borewe þe wed ate bayly
     032
�is mon hereþ me nout þah ich to hym crye
     033
ichot þe cherl is def þe del hym todrawe
     034
�ah ich ȝeȝe vpon heþ nulle nout hye
     035
þe lostlase ladde con nout o lawe
     036
Hupe forþ hubert hosede pye
     037
ichot þart amarscled into þe mawe
     038
�ah me teone wiþ hym þat myn teh mye
     039
þe cherld nul nout adoun er þe day dawe
     040

Brook 31; Ker 92

Lvtel wot hit anymon
     001
hou loue hym haueþ ybounde
     002
þat for vs o þe rode ron
     003
ant bohte vs wiþ is wounde
     004
þe loue of him vs haueþ ymaked sounde
     005
ant ycast þe grimly gost to grounde
     006
Euer & oo nyht & day he haueþ vs in is þohte
     007
he nul nout leose þat he so deore bohte Page  71
     008
he bohte vs wiþ is holy blod
     009
what shulde he don vs more
     010
he is so meoke milde & good
     011
he na gulte nout þerfore
     012
þat we han ydon yrede we reowen sore
     013
ant crien euer to iesu crist þyn ore
     014
Euer & oo nyht & day &c.
     015
He seh his fader so wonder wroht
     016
wiþ mon þat wes yfalle
     017
wiþ herte sor he seide is oht
     018
whe shulde abuggen alle
     019
his suete sone to hym gon clepe & calle
     020
& preiede he moste deye for vs alle
     021
Euer & oo &c.
     022
He brohte vs alle from þe deþ
     023
& dude vs frendes dede
     024
suete iesu of nazareth
     025
þou do vs heuene mede
     026
vpon þe rode why nulle we taken hede
     027
his grene wounde so grimly conne blede
     028
Euer & oo &c.
     029
His deope wounden bledeþ fast
     030
of hem we ohte munne
     031
he haþ ous out of helle ycast
     032
ybroht vs out of sunne
     033
For loue of vs his wonges waxeþ þunne
     034
his herte blod he ȝef for al monkunne
     035
Euer & oo &c.
     036

Brook 32; Ker 93

Lutel wot hit anymon
     001
hou derne loue may stonde
     002
bote hit were a fre wymmon
     003
þat muche of loue had fonde
     004
þe loue of hire ne lesteþ nowyht longe
     005
heo haueþ me plyht & wyteþ me wyþ wronge
     006
Euer & oo for me leof icham in grete þohte
     007
y þenche on hire þat y ne seo nout ofte Page  72
     008
y wolde nemne hyre today
     009
ant y dorste hire munne
     010
heo is þat feireste may
     011
of vch ende of hire kunne
     012
bote heo me loue of me heo haues sunne
     013
who is him þat loueþ þe loue þat he ne may ner ywynne
     014
Euer & oo &c.
     015
Adoun y fel to hire anon
     016
ant crie ledy þyn ore
     017
ledy ha mercy of þy mon
     018
lef þou no false lore
     019
ȝef þou dost hit wol me reowe sore
     020
loue dreccheþ me þat y ne may lyue namore
     021
Euer & oo &c.
     022
mury hit ys in hyre tour
     023
wyþ haþeles & wyþ heowes
     024
so hit is in hyre bour
     025
wiþ gomenes & wiþ gleowes
     026
Bote heo me louye sore hit wol me rewe
     027
wo is him þat loueþ þe loue þat ner nul be trewe
     028
Euer & oo &c.
     029
Fayrest fode vpo loft
     030
my gode luef y þe gre'e'te
     031
ase fele syþe & oft
     032
as dewes dropes beþ we'e'te
     033
ase sterres beþ in welkne ant grases sour ant suete
     034
whose loueþ vntrewe his herte is selde se'e'te
     035
Euer & oo &c.
     036