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Middle English Lyrics: Alisoun

The Month of April.
The Month of April. A Book of Hours, Usage of Rome.
Rés B 496344, f. A3v-4. Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon.



Alison





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Bitweene Merch and Averil,
When spray biginneth to springe,
The litel fowl hath hire wil
On hire leod to singe.
Ich libbe in love-longinge
For semlokest of alle thinge.
Heo may me blisse bringe:
Ich am in hire baundoun.
An hendy hap ich habbe yhent,
Ichoot from hevene it is me sent:
From alle wommen my love is lent,
And light on Alisoun.

On hew hire heer is fair ynough,
Hire browe browne, hire yën blake;
With lossum cheere heo on me lough;
With middel smal and wel ymake.
But heo me wolle to hire take
For to been hire owen make,
Longe to liven ichulle forsake,
And feye fallen adown.
An hendy hap, etc.

Nightes when I wende and wake,
Forthy mine wonges waxeth wan:
Levedy, al for thine sake
Longinge is ylent me on.
In world nis noon so witer man
That al hire bountee telle can;
Hire swire is whittere than the swan,
And fairest may in town.
An hendy, etc.

Ich am for wowing al forwake,
Wery so water in wore.
Lest any reve me my make
Ich habbe y-yerned yore.
Bettere is tholien while sore
Than mournen evermore.
Geinest under gore,
Herkne to my roun:
An hendy, etc.
  in the seasons of

pleasure
In her language
I live
seemliest, fairest
she
power
A gracious chance I have received
I know
all other/removed
alights

hue/hair
eyes
With lovely face she on me smiled

Unless
mate
I will
dead


turn
therefore/cheeks
lady
Longing has come upon me
clever
excellence
neck/whiter
maid


wooing/worn out from waking
as
deprive me
I have been worrying long since
endure/for a time

Fairest beneath clothing
song




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