The owl and the nightingale (MS Cotton), The electronic text was created from an edited version of the Cotton manuscript

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an ȝaf for me an hundred punde:
an mine briddes seten isunde, Page  94
an hadde soþþe blisse & hiȝte,
an were bliþe, & wel miȝte.
Vorþon ich was so wel awreke,
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euer eft ich dar[r] þe bet speke:
vor hit bitidde ene swo,
ich am þe bliþur euer mo.
Nu ich mai singe war ich wulle,
ne dar me neuer eft mon agrulle.
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Ac þu, eremi[n]g! þu wrecche gost!
þu ne canst finde, ne þu nost,
an holȝ stok þar þu þe miȝt hude,
þat me ne twengeþ þine hude.
Vor children, gromes, heme & hine,
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hi þencheþ alle of þire pine:
ȝif hi muȝe iso þe sitte,
stones hi doþ in hore slitte,
an þe totorue[þ] & toheneþ,
an þine fule bon tosheneþ.
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Ȝif þu art iworpe oþer ishote,
þanne þu miȝt erest to note.
Vor me þe hoþ in one rodde,
an þu, mid þine fule codde,
an mid þine ateliche s[w]ore, [folio 241r.2]
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biwerest manne corn urom dore. Page  96
Nis noþer noȝt, þi lif ne þi blod:
ac þu art sh[e]ueles suþe god.
Þar nowe sedes boþe isowe,
pinnuc, golfinc, rok, ne crowe
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ne dar þar neuer cumen ihende,
ȝif þi buc hongeþ at þan ende.
Þar tron shulle aȝere blowe,
an ȝunge sedes springe & growe,
ne dar no fuȝel þarto uonge,
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ȝif þu art þarouer ihonge.
Þi lif is eure luþer & qued,
þu nar[t] noȝt bute ded.
Nu þu miȝt wite sikerliche
þat þine leches boþ grisliche
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þe wile þu art on lifdaȝe:
vor wane þu hongest islaȝe,
ȝut hi boþ of þe ofdradde,
þe fuȝeles þat þe er bigradde.
Mid riȝte men boþ wiþ þe wroþe,
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for þu singist euer of hore loþe:
al þat þu singst, raþe oþer late,
hit is euer of manne unwate:
wane þu hauest aniȝt igrad,
men boþ of þe wel sore ofdrad. Page  98
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Þu singst þar sum man shal be ded:
euer þu bodest sumne qued.
Þu singst aȝen eiȝte lure,
oþer of summe frondes rure :
oþer þu bodes[t] huses brune,
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oþer ferde of manne, oþer þoues rune;
oþer þu bodest cualm of oreue,
oþer þat londfolc wurþ idorue,
oþer þat wif lost hire make; [folio 241v.1]
oþer þu bodest cheste an sake.
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Euer þu singist of manne hareme,
þurȝ þe hi boþ sori & areme.
þu ne singst neuer one siþe,
þat hit nis for sum unsiþe.
Heruore hit is þat me þe shuneþ,
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an þe totorueþ & tobuneþ
mid staue, & stoone, & turf, & clute,
þat þu ne miȝt nowar atrute.
Dahet euer suich budel in tune
þat euer bodeþ unwreste rune,
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an euer bringeþ vuele tiþinge,
an þat euer specþ of vuele þinge!
God Almiȝti w[u]rþe him wroþ,
an al þat werieþ linnene cloþ!"
Þe hule ne abo[d] noȝt swiþ[e] longe,
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ah ȝef ondsware starke & stronge:
" Wat," quaþ ho, " hartu ihoded ?
oþer þu kursest al unihoded ? Page  100
For prestes wike ich wat þu dest.
Ich not ȝef þu were ȝaure prest:
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ich not ȝef þu canst masse singe:
inoh þu canst of mansinge.
Ah hit is for þine alde niþe,
þat þu me akursedest oþer siþe:
ah þarto is lihtlich ondsware;
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"Drah to þe!" cwaþ þe cartare.
Wi attwitestu me mine insihte,
an min iwit & mine miȝte?
For ich am witi ful iwis,
an wo[t] al þat to kumen is:
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ich wot of hunger, of hergonge:
ich wot ȝef men schule libbe longe:
ich wat ȝef wif lus[t] hire make: [folio 241v.2]
ich wat þar schal beo niþ & wrake;
ich wot hwo schal beon [an]honge,
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oþer elles fulne deþ afonge.
Ȝef men habbeþ bataile inume,
ich wat hwaþer schal beon ouerkume :
ich wat ȝif cwalm scal comen on orfe,
an ȝif dor schul ligge [a]storue; Page  102
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