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Sir Gowther by Anonymous

Sir Gowther by Anonymous

God, that art of myghtis most, Fader and Sone and Holy Gost, That bought man on Rode so dere, Shilde us from the fowle fende, That is about mannys sowle to shende All tymes ...

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Sir Degare by Anonymous

Sir Degare by Anonymous

Lysteneth, lordinges, gente and fre, Ich wille you telle of Sire Degarre: Knightes that were sometyme in londe Ferli fele wolde fonde And sechen aventures bi night and dai, ...

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Lay le Freine by Anonymous

Lay le Freine by Anonymous

We redeth oft and findeth ywrite - And this clerkes wele it wite - Layes that ben in harping Ben yfounde of ferli thing. Sum bethe of wer and sum of wo, And sum of joie and ...

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Erle of Tolous by Anonymous

Erle of Tolous by Anonymous

Jhesu Cryste, yn Trynyté, Oonly God and persons thre, Graunt us wele to spede, And gyf us grace so to do That we may come thy blys unto, On Rode as thou can blede! Leve ...

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Emare by Anonymous

Emare by Anonymous

Jhesu, that ys kyng in trone, As Thou shoope bothe sonne and mone, And all that shalle dele and dyghte, Now lene us grace such dedus to done, In Thy blys that we may wone ...

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Will He No Come Back Again? by Anonymous

Will He No Come Back Again? by Anonymous

Royal Charlie's now awa, Safely owre the friendly main; Mony a heart will break in twa, Should he ne'er come back again. Will you no come back again? Will you no come back ...

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The Three Ravens by Anonymous

The Three Ravens by Anonymous

There were three ravens sat on a tree, They were as black as they might be.The one of them said to his mate, 'Where shall we our breakefast take?''Downe in yonder greene field, ...

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Fair Annie by Anonymous

Fair Annie by Anonymous

THE reivers they stole Fair Annie, As she walk'd by the sea; But a noble knight was her ransom soon, Wi' gowd and white monie. She bided in strangers' land wi' him, And ...

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O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep by Anonymous

O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep by Anonymous

O Death, O Death, rock me asleep,Bring me to quiet rest;Let pass my weary guiltless ghostOut of my careful breast.Toll on, thou passing bell;Ring out my doleful knell;Thy sound my ...

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Sir Patrick Spence by Anonymous

Sir Patrick Spence by Anonymous

The king sits in Dumferling toune,Drinking the blude-reid wine:"O whar will I get guid sailor,To sail this schip of mine?"Up and spak an eldern knicht,Sat at the kings richt ...

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Barbara Allen’s Cruelty by Anonymous

Barbara Allen’s Cruelty by Anonymous

IN Scarlet town, where I was born, There was a fair maid dwellin', Made every youth cry Well-a-way! Her name was Barbara Allen. All in the merry month of May, When green ...

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A Riddle by Anonymous

A Riddle by Anonymous

Legs I have got, yet seldom do I walk;I backbite many, yet I never talk:In secret places most I seek to hide me,For he who feeds me never can abide me.

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Sister, Awake!, Thomas Bateson’s First Set Of English Madrigals by Anonymous

Sister, Awake!, Thomas Bateson’s First Set Of English Madrigals by Anonymous

SISTER, awake! close not your eyes! The day her light discloses, And the bright morning doth arise Out of her bed of roses. See the clear sun, the world's bright eye, In ...

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A Hymn To The Virgin by Anonymous

A Hymn To The Virgin by Anonymous

OF on that is so fayr and bright Velut 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 ...

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Tam Lin by Anonymous

Tam Lin by Anonymous

O I forbid you, maidens a',That wear gowd on your hair,To come or gae by Carterhaugh,For young Tam Lin is there.There's nane that gaes by CarterhaughBut they leave him a ...

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Complaint Of The Absence Of Her Lover Being Upon The Sea by Anonymous

Complaint Of The Absence Of Her Lover Being Upon The Sea by Anonymous

O HAPPY dames! that may embrace The fruit of your delight, Help to bewail the woful case And eke the heavy plight Of me, that wonted to rejoice The fortune of my pleasant ...

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There Is A Lady Sweet And Kind, Thomas Ford’s Music Of Sundry Kinds by Anonymous

There Is A Lady Sweet And Kind, Thomas Ford’s Music Of Sundry Kinds by Anonymous

THERE is a Lady sweet and kind, Was never face so pleased my mind; I did but see her passing by, And yet I love her till I die. Her gesture, motion, and her smiles, Her wit, her ...

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Frankie And Johnnie by Anonymous

Frankie And Johnnie by Anonymous

Frankie and Johnnie were lovers, O, my Gawd, how they could love, They swore to be true to each other, As true as the stars above; He was her man, but he done her wrong. Frankie ...

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Angelica The Doorkeeper by Anonymous

Angelica The Doorkeeper by Anonymous

The falcon soarsThe town's gates are even higherAngelica's their doorkeeperShe's wound the sun round her headShe's tied the moon round her waistShe's hung herself with stars.

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Winter Solstice by Anonymous

Winter Solstice by Anonymous

When you startle awake in the dark morningheart pounding breathing fastsitting bolt upright staring intodark whirlpool black holefeeling its suctionGet out of bedknock at the door ...

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God And The Soldier by Anonymous

God And The Soldier by Anonymous

God and the soldierAll men adoreIn time of trouble,And no more;For when war is overAnd all things righted,God is neglected -The old soldier slighted.

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Two Little Shadows by Anonymous

Two Little Shadows by Anonymous

I saw a young motherWith eyes full of laughterAnd two little shadowsCame following after.Wherever she moved, They were always right thereHolding onto her skirts, Hanging onto her ...

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The Time When I First Fell In Love by Anonymous

The Time When I First Fell In Love by Anonymous

The time when first I fell in love,Which now I must lament;The year wherein I lost such timeTo compass my content.The day wherein I saw too lateThe follies of a lover;The hour ...

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Advice To A Lover by Anonymous

Advice To A Lover by Anonymous

The sea hath many thousand sands,The sun hath motes as many;The sky is full of stars, and LoveAs full of woes as any:Believe me, that do know the elf,And make no trial by ...

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If All The World Were Paper by Anonymous

If All The World Were Paper by Anonymous

"If all the world were paper And all the sea were ink, If all the trees were bread and cheese What would we do for drink?If all the world were sand O, Oh then what should we lack ...

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The Means To Attain Happy Life by Anonymous

The Means To Attain Happy Life by Anonymous

MARTIAL, the things that do attain The happy life be these, I find:-- The richesse left, not got with pain; The fruitful ground, the quiet mind; The equal friend; no grudge, ...

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Cradle Song by Anonymous

Cradle Song by Anonymous

O MY deir hert, young Jesus sweit, Prepare thy creddil in my spreit, And I sall rock thee in my hert And never mair from thee depart. But I sall praise thee evermoir With sangis ...

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Fair Helen by Anonymous

Fair Helen by Anonymous

I wish I were where Helen lies; Night and day on me she cries; Oh that I were where Helen lies On fair Kirconnell lea! Curst be the heart that thought the thought, And curst the ...

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Tears, John Dowland’s Third And Last Book Of Songs Or Airs by Anonymous

Tears, John Dowland’s Third And Last Book Of Songs Or Airs by Anonymous

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 not your ...

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Since First I Saw Your Face, Thomas Ford’s Music Of Sundry Kinds by Anonymous

Since First I Saw Your Face, Thomas Ford’s Music Of Sundry Kinds by Anonymous

SINCE first I saw your face I resolved to honour and renown ye; If now I be disdained I wish my heart had never known ye. What? I that loved and you that liked, shall we begin to ...

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Devotion, Captain Tobias Hume’s The First Part Of Airs, &C. by Anonymous

Devotion, Captain Tobias Hume’s The First Part Of Airs, &C. by Anonymous

FAIN would I change that note To which fond Love hath charm'd me Long, long to sing by rote, Fancying that that harm'd me: Yet when this thought doth come, 'Love is the perfect ...

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Of A Rose, A Lovely Rose, Of A Rose Is Al Myn Song. by Anonymous

Of A Rose, A Lovely Rose, Of A Rose Is Al Myn Song. by Anonymous

LESTENYT, lordynges, both elde and yinge, How this rose began to sprynge; Swych a rose to myn lykynge In al this word ne knowe I non. The Aungil came fro hevene tour, To grete ...

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The Rain by Anonymous

The Rain by Anonymous

Rain on the green grass,And rain on the tree,And rain on the house top,But not on me!

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Love Will Find Out The Way by Anonymous

Love Will Find Out The Way by Anonymous

OVER the mountains And over the waves, Under the fountains And under the graves; Under floods that are deepest, Which Neptune obey, Over rocks that are steepest, Love ...

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The Twa Corbies by Anonymous

The Twa Corbies by Anonymous

AS I was walking all alane I heard twa corbies making a mane: The tane unto the tither did say, 'Whar sall we gang and dine the day?' '--In behint yon auld fail dyke I wot there ...

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Sighs by Anonymous

Sighs by Anonymous

All night I muse, all day I cry,Ay me!Yet still I wish, though still deny,Ay me!I sigh, I mourn, and say that stillI only live my joys to kill,Ay me !I feed the pain that on me ...

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Alison by Anonymous

Alison by Anonymous

BYTUENE Mershe ant Averil When spray biginneth to spring, The lutel foul hath hire wyl On hyre lud to synge: Ich libbe in love-longinge For semlokest of alle thynge, He may ...

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Two Rivers by Anonymous

Two Rivers by Anonymous

SAYS Tweed to Till-- 'What gars ye rin sae still?' Says Till to Tweed-- 'Though ye rin with speed And I rin slaw, For ae man that ye droon I droon twa.'

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Westron Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow? by Anonymous

Westron Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow? by Anonymous

Westron wind, when wilt thou blowThat small rain down can rain?Christ, that my love were in my arms,And I in my bed again!

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As Ye Came From The Holy Land by Anonymous

As Ye Came From The Holy Land by Anonymous

AS ye came from the holy land Of Walsinghame, Met you not with my true love By the way as you came? How should I know your true love, That have met many a one As I came ...

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Blow, Northern Wind by Anonymous

Blow, Northern Wind by Anonymous

ICHOT a burde in boure bryht, That fully semly is on syht, Menskful maiden of myht; Feir ant fre to fonde; In al this wurhliche won A burde of blod ant of bon Never yete y ...

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At Liberty I Sit And See by Anonymous

At Liberty I Sit And See by Anonymous

At liberty I sit and seeThem, that have erst laugh'd me to scorn,Whipp'd with the whip that scourged me:And now they ban that they were born.I see them sit full soberlyAnd think ...

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Edward, Edward by Anonymous

Edward, Edward by Anonymous

'WHY does your brand sae drop wi' blude, Edward, Edward? Why does your brand sae drop wi' blude, And why sae sad gang ye, O?' 'O I hae kill'd my hawk sae gude, Mither, ...

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A Lyke-Wake Dirge by Anonymous

A Lyke-Wake Dirge by Anonymous

THIS ae nighte, this ae nighte, --Every nighte and alle, Fire and fleet and candle-lighte, And Christe receive thy saule. When thou from hence away art past, --Every ...

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Clerk Saunders by Anonymous

Clerk Saunders by Anonymous

Whan bells war rung, an mass was sung,A wat a' man to bed were gone,Clark Sanders came to Margret's window,With mony a sad sigh and groan."Are ye sleeping, Margret," he says,"Or ...

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Waly, Waly by Anonymous

Waly, Waly by Anonymous

O WALY, waly, up the bank, And waly, waly, doun the brae, And waly, waly, yon burn-side, Where I and my Love wont to gae! I lean'd my back unto an aik, I thocht it was a ...

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The Now Jerusalem, Song Of Mary The Mother Of Christ (London: E. Allde) by Anonymous

The Now Jerusalem, Song Of Mary The Mother Of Christ (London: E. Allde) by Anonymous

HIERUSALEM, my happy home, When shall I come to thee? When shall my sorrows have an end, Thy joys when shall I see? O happy harbour of the Saints! O sweet and pleasant ...

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My Friend Judge Not Me by Anonymous

My Friend Judge Not Me by Anonymous

My friend iudge not me, Thou seest I iudge not thee: Betwixt the stirrop and the ground, Mercy I askt, mercy I found.

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To Her Sea-Faring Lover by Anonymous

To Her Sea-Faring Lover by Anonymous

SHALL I thus ever long, and be no whit the neare? And shall I still complain to thee, the which me will not hear? Alas! say nay! say nay! and be no more so dumb, But open thou ...

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Edom O’ Gordon by Anonymous

Edom O’ Gordon by Anonymous

IT fell about the Martinmas, When the wind blew shrill and cauld, Said Edom o' Gordon to his men, 'We maun draw to a hauld. 'And what a hauld sall we draw to, My merry ...

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