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In Die Natiuitat by Anonymous Olde English

In Die Natiuitat by Anonymous Olde English

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell,Tydyng' gode y thyngke to telleThe borys hede that we bryng here,Betokeneth a p'nce with owte pere,Ys born this day to bye v' dere, Nowell, &c. A ...

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Lady’s Policy by Anonymous Olde English

Lady’s Policy by Anonymous Olde English

There was a knight was drunk with wine,A riding along the way, sir;And there he met with a lady fine,Among the cocks of hay, sir.'Shall you and I, O lady faire,Among the grass lye ...

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To The Tune Of In Pescod Time by Anonymous Olde English

To The Tune Of In Pescod Time by Anonymous Olde English

Marke well my heavy, dolefull tale,You loyall lovers all,And heedfully beare in your brestA gallant ladyes fall.Long was she wooed, ere shee was wonneTo lead a wedded life,But ...

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The Beggar Maid by Anonymous Olde English

The Beggar Maid by Anonymous Olde English

I read that once in AffricaA princely wight did raine,Who had to name Cophetua, As poets they did faine.From natures lawes he did decline,For sure he was not of my minde,He cared ...

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Challenge by Anonymous Olde English

Challenge by Anonymous Olde English

As it fell out on a Pentecost day,King Arthur at Camelot kept his court royall,With his faire queen dame Guenever the gay,And many bold barons sitting in hall,With ladies attired ...

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Song by Anonymous Olde English

Song by Anonymous Olde English

Iesu, swete sone dere!On porful bed list thou here,And that me greveth sore;For thi cradel is ase a bere,Oxe and asse beth thi fere:Weepe ich mai tharfore.Iesu, swete, beo noth ...

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The Shepherds Address To His Muse by Anonymous Olde English

The Shepherds Address To His Muse by Anonymous Olde English

Good Muse, rocke me aslepeWith some sweete harmony;This wearie eye is not to kepeThy wary company.Sweet Love, begon a while,Thou seest my heaviness;Beautie is borne but to beguyle ...

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The Braes Yarrow by Anonymous Olde English

The Braes Yarrow by Anonymous Olde English

Late at e'en, drinking the wine,And ere they paid the lawing,They set a combat them between,To fight it in the dawing.'What though ye be my sister's lordWe'll cross our swords ...

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Tinker’s Good Fortune by Anonymous Olde English

Tinker’s Good Fortune by Anonymous Olde English

'To the tune of Fond Boy'Now as fame does report, a young duke keeps a court,One that pleases his fancy with frolicksome sport:But amongst all the rest, here is one I ...

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Joy by Anonymous Olde English

Joy by Anonymous Olde English

Wynter wakeneth al my care,Nou thise leves waxeth bare;Ofte I sike and mourne sareWhen hit cometh in my thohtOf this worldes joie, hou hit geth al to noht.Nou hit is, and nou hit ...

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The Shepherds’ Play by Anonymous Olde English

The Shepherds’ Play by Anonymous Olde English

Primus PastorHaylle, comly and clene! Haylle, yong child!Haylle, maker, as I meyne, of a madn so mylde!Thou has waryd, I weyne the warlo so wylde;The fals gyler of teyn, now goys ...

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Beowulf (Episode 02) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 02) by Anonymous Olde English

WENT he forth to find at fall of night that haughty house, and heed wherever the Ring-Danes, outrevelled, to rest had gone. Found within it the atheling band asleep after feasting ...

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Beowulf (Episode 01) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 01) by Anonymous Olde English

Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings, leader beloved, and long he ruled in fame with all folk, since his father had gone away from the world, till awoke an heir, haughty ...

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A Creature Is That Humane Flesh Deuoures by Anonymous Olde English

A Creature Is That Humane Flesh Deuoures by Anonymous Olde English

A creature is that humane flesh deuoures,From out whose bowels fatnesse may be taken,That being dried by fire, a certaine houresWill waxe as hard, as crust of bread well ...

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St. George And The Dragon by Anonymous Olde English

St. George And The Dragon by Anonymous Olde English

Of Hector's deeds did Homer sing,And of the sack of stately Troy, What griefs fair Helena did bring,Which was Sir Paris' only joy: And by my pen I will reciteSt. George's deeds, ...

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Beowulf (Episode 03) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 03) by Anonymous Olde English

THUS seethed unceasing the son of Healfdene with the woe of these days; not wisest men assuaged his sorrow; too sore the anguish, loathly and long, that lay on his folk, most ...

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Adam Bell, Clym Of The Clough, And William Of Cloudesly by Anonymous Olde English

Adam Bell, Clym Of The Clough, And William Of Cloudesly by Anonymous Olde English

Part the FirstMery it was in the grene forestAmonge the leves grene,Wheras men hunt east and west,Wyth bowes and arrowes kene,To ryse the dere out of theyr denne,Suche sightes ...

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A Pleasant Ballad Of King Henry Ii. And The Miller Of Mansfield by Anonymous Olde English

A Pleasant Ballad Of King Henry Ii. And The Miller Of Mansfield by Anonymous Olde English

Part the First.Henry, our royall kind, would ride a huntingTo the greene forest so pleasant and faire;To see the harts skipping, and dainty does tripping,Unto merry Sherwood his ...

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Beowulf (Episode 04) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 04) by Anonymous Olde English

To him the stateliest spake in answer; the warriors' leader his word-hoard unlocked: -- "We are by kin of the clan of Geats, and Hygelac's own hearth-fellows we. To folk afar was ...

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Beowulf (Episode 14) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 14) by Anonymous Olde English

HROTHGAR spake, -- to the hall he went, stood by the steps, the steep roof saw, garnished with gold, and Grendel's hand: -- "For the sight I see to the Sovran Ruler be speedy ...

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Weep You No More, Sad Fountains by Anonymous Olde English

Weep You No More, Sad Fountains by Anonymous Olde English

Weep you no more, sad fountains; What need you flow so fast? Look how the snowy mountains Heaven's sun doth gently waste. But my sun's heavenly eyes View ...

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A Newe Ballade Made Of Thomas Crumwel, Called Trolle On Away by Anonymous Olde English

A Newe Ballade Made Of Thomas Crumwel, Called Trolle On Away by Anonymous Olde English

Trolle on away, trolle on awaye,Synge heave and howe rombelowe trolle on away.Both man and chylde is glad to here tellOf that false traytoure Thomas Crumwell,Now that he is set to ...

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Beowulf (Episode 09) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 09) by Anonymous Olde English

ME thus often the evil monsters thronging threatened. With thrust of my sword, the darling, I dealt them due return! Nowise had they bliss from their booty then to devour their ...

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Beowulf (Episode 08) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 08) by Anonymous Olde English

UNFERTH spake, the son of Ecglaf, who sat at the feet of the Scyldings' lord, unbound the battle-runes. -- Beowulf's quest, sturdy seafarer's, sorely galled him; ever he envied ...

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A Hymn To The Virgin by Anonymous Olde English

A Hymn To The Virgin by Anonymous Olde English

Of on that is so fayr and brightVelut maris stella,Brighter than the day is light,Parens et puella:Ic crie to the, thou see to me,Levedy, preye thi Sone for me,Tam pia,That ic ...

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Alison by Anonymous Olde English

Alison by Anonymous Olde English

Bytuene Mershe and AverilWhen spray biginneth to springe,The lutel foul hath hire wylOn hyre lud to synge:Ich libbe in love-longingeFor semlokest of alle thynge,He may me blisse ...

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A Lamentable Ballad Of The Lady’s Fall.  To The Tune Of In Pescod Time by Anonymous Olde English

A Lamentable Ballad Of The Lady’s Fall. To The Tune Of In Pescod Time by Anonymous Olde English

Marke well my heavy, dolefull tale,You loyall lovers all,And heedfully beare in your brestA gallant ladyes fall.Long was she wooed, ere shee was wonneTo lead a wedded life,But ...

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As Ye Came From The Holy Land by Anonymous Olde English

As Ye Came From The Holy Land by Anonymous Olde English

As ye came from the holy landOf Walsinghame,Met you not with my true loveBy the way as you came?How should I know your true love,That have met many a oneAs I came from the holy ...

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Balow by Anonymous Olde English

Balow by Anonymous Olde English

BALOW, my babe, lie still and sleep! It grieves me sore to see thee weep. Wouldst thou be quiet I'se be glad, Thy mourning makes my sorrow sad: Balow my boy, thy mother's joy, Thy ...

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A Robyn, Jolly Robyn by Anonymous Olde English

A Robyn, Jolly Robyn by Anonymous Olde English

A Robyn,Jolly Robyn,Tell me how thy leman doeth,And thou shalt knowe of myn.'My lady is unkynde, perde.'Alack! why is she so?'She loveth an other better than me; And yet she will ...

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King Leir And His Three Daughters by Anonymous Olde English

King Leir And His Three Daughters by Anonymous Olde English

A lamentable Song of the Death of King Leir and his Three Daughters. To the tune of When flying Fame.King Leir once ruled in this landWith princely power and peace,And had all ...

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A Praise Of His Lady by Anonymous Olde English

A Praise Of His Lady by Anonymous Olde English

GIVE place, you ladies, and begone!Boast not yourselves at all!For here at hand approacheth oneWhose face will stain you all.The virtue of her lively looksExcels the precious ...

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A Dyttie To Hey Downe by Anonymous Olde English

A Dyttie To Hey Downe by Anonymous Olde English

Who sekes to tame the blustering winde,Or causse the floods bend to his wyll,Or els against dame nature's kindeTo 'change' things frame by cunning skyll:That man I thinke ...

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The Flower And The Leaf by Anonymous Olde English

The Flower And The Leaf by Anonymous Olde English

When that Phebus his chaire of gold so hyHad whirled up the sterry sky aloft,And in the Bole was entred certainly;Whan shoures swete of rain discended soft,Causing the ground, ...

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Beowulf (Episode 05) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 05) by Anonymous Olde English

STONE-BRIGHT the street: it showed the way to the crowd of clansmen. Corselets glistened hand-forged, hard; on their harness bright the steel ring sang, as they strode along in ...

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Cuckoo Song by Anonymous Olde English

Cuckoo Song by Anonymous Olde English

Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu!Groweth sed, and bloweth med,And springeth the wude nu -Sing cuccu!Awe bleteth after lomb,Lhouth after calve cu; Bulluc sterteth, bucke ...

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Beowulf (Episode 35) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 35) by Anonymous Olde English

'THEN he goes to his chamber, a grief-song chantsalone for his lost. Too large all seems,homestead and house. So the helmet-of-Wedershid in his heart for Herebealdwaves of woe. No ...

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Beleeue Me Now I Tell It For No Tale by Anonymous Olde English

Beleeue Me Now I Tell It For No Tale by Anonymous Olde English

Beleeue me now I tell it for no tale,There is a Queene, or else a Goddesse t'one,That without helpe of man, or any maleConceaueth daughters by her selfe alone:But at their birth, ...

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Beowulf (Episode 12) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 12) by Anonymous Olde English

NOT in any wise would the earls'-defence suffer that slaughterous stranger to live, useless deeming his days and years to men on earth. Now many an earl of Beowulf brandished ...

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Beowulf (Episode 10) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 10) by Anonymous Olde English

THEN Hrothgar went with his hero-train, defence-of-Scyldings, forth from hall; fain would the war-lord Wealhtheow seek, couch of his queen. The King-of-Glory against this Grendel ...

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An Old Epitaph Found In Bedford by Anonymous Olde English

An Old Epitaph Found In Bedford by Anonymous Olde English

Mary Wryte and her motherHer father ande brother--Was Alle of them drowned,Inn Bvckstones povnde.6 Febrry : An.Dm. ----O GODDIN. MERCYE. THERSOVLES PRAYRE. TAKE=TO. HEVENYS,FOR ...

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My Love In Her Attire by Anonymous Olde English

My Love In Her Attire by Anonymous Olde English

My Loue in her Attyre doth shew her witt,It doth so well become her:For eu'ry season she hath dressings fitt,For Winter, Spring, and Summer.No Beautie shee doth misse,When all her ...

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The Seafarer by Anonymous Olde English

The Seafarer by Anonymous Olde English

May I for my own self song's truth reckon,Journey's jargon, how I in harsh daysHardship endured oft.Bitter breast-cares have I abided,Known on my keel many a care's hold,And dire ...

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Beowulf (Episode 20) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 20) by Anonymous Olde English

HROTHGAR spake, helmet-of-Scyldings: --"Ask not of pleasure! Pain is renewedto Danish folk. Dead is Aeschere,of Yrmenlaf the elder brother,my sage adviser and stay in ...

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Beowulf (Episode 13) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 13) by Anonymous Olde English

MANY at morning, as men have told me, warriors gathered the gift-hall round, folk-leaders faring from far and near, o'er wide-stretched ways, the wonder to view, trace of the ...

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Johnny Armstrong by Anonymous Olde English

Johnny Armstrong by Anonymous Olde English

There dwelt a man in faire WestmerlandIonne Armstrong men did him callHe had nither lands nor rents coming inYet he kept eight score men in his hallHe had horses and harness for ...

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Gil Morrice.  A Scottish Ballad by Anonymous Olde English

Gil Morrice. A Scottish Ballad by Anonymous Olde English

Gil Morrice was an erles son,His name it waxed wide:It was nae for his great riches,Nor zet was mickle pride;Bot it was for a lady gay,That livd on Carron side.'Quhair sall I get ...

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Glasgerion by Anonymous Olde English

Glasgerion by Anonymous Olde English

Glasgerion was a kings owne sonne, And a harper he was goode;He harped in the kings chambere,Where cuppe and caudle stoode,And soe did hee in the queens chambere,Till ladies waxed ...

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Balade In Praise Of Chaucer by Anonymous Olde English

Balade In Praise Of Chaucer by Anonymous Olde English

Master Geffray Chauser, that now lyth in grave,The nobyll rethoricien, and poet of Gret Bretayne,That worthy was the lawrer of poetry haveFor thys hys labour, and the palme ...

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Beowulf (Episode 17) by Anonymous Olde English

Beowulf (Episode 17) by Anonymous Olde English

THEN hastened those heroes their home to see, friendless, to find the Frisian land, houses and high burg. Hengest still through the death-dyed winter dwelt with Finn, holding ...

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