« PředchozíPokračovat »
And he has calld for his gude gray hunds 11 'What news, what news?' says the Seven
'What news have ye brought to me?' 'I have noe news,' the palmer said, 'But what I saw with my eye.
'The shirt that was upon his back
14 Up bespake the Seven Forsters,
15 O the first stroke that they gae him,
16 'O some they count ye well-wight17 men, But I do count ye nane;
For you might well ha wakend me,
17 The wildest wolf in aw this wood
She'd ha wet her foot ith wan water,
18 'O bows of yew, if ye be true,
In London, where ye were bought,
Manhuid shall fail me nought.'
19 He has killd the Seven Forsters,
'Is there never a [bird] in a' this wood
Tell my mither to fetch me away?'
There was a [bird] into that wood,
17 very brave
20 won, made his way
22 a one
4 Then came the Laird of Lochinton,
3 He has teld1 her father and mither baith,!
And a' the rest o her kin, And has teld the lass hersell, And her consent has win.
He's teld her father and mither baith,
But he has nae teld the lass her sell,
6 When day was set, and friends were met, I say not nay, but that alle day
It is both wreten and said
But neverthelesse right good witnes
7 'O are you come for sport, young man?
Or are you come for a sight o our bride,
And married to be,
Lord Lauderdale came to the place,
9 There was a glass of the red wine
And ay she drank to Lauderdale,
'I'm nouther come for sport,' he says,
13 They haik ye up4 and settle ye by5,
2 Perhaps this should be 4 haul you up
he, referring to the Laird of Lochinton * In the ballad of Lord soned with eels.
THE NUTBROWN MAYDE.*
Be it right or wronge, thes men amonge1
To love them welle; for never a dele
They love a man agayn.
For late a man do what he can
5 set you aside (lead you
Ther favoure to attayn,
Yet yf a newe do them pursue,
Laboureth for nought; for from her3 thought
Than betwen us let us discusse
I pray you, geve an ere.
I am the knyght; I com by nyght,
1 all the while
4 i-fere, together
*This poem is essentially a little drama, of which the first three stanzas constitute a kind of prologue and the last stanza an epilogue. In the first stanza one speaker propounds the general theme of the fickleness of womankind. In the second stanza, another speaker cites in refutation the story of the Nutbrown Mayde. Then the first speaker proposes that they two enact that story, and he begins by assuming the part of the man who pretended to be outlawed in order to "prove" the maid's love. The second speaker takes the part of the maid, and the dialogue continues regularly in alternate stanzas. It is readily seen that the poem, though for convenience grouped here with the ballads, is of a very different character from the folk-ballads proper, and a product of much more conscious art. Our text is that of the Balliol MS., with some very slight changes of spelling and the regular substitution of MAYDE for the more frequent marginal PUELLA of the manuscript.