Anonymous Americas

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Blow, Northern Wind

Blow, northerne wynd,
Send thou me my suetyng!
Blow, northerne wynd,
Blou, blou, blou!

Ichot a burde in bour{.e} bryht,
That fully semly is on syht,
Menskful maiden of myht,
Feir ant fre to fond{.e};
In al this wurhlich{.e} won,
A burde of blod and of bon
Never yete y nust{.e} non
Lussomore in lond{.e}.

With lokk{.e}s lefliche and long{.e},
With frount and fac{.e} feir to fong{.e},
With murth{.e}s moni{.e} mote heo mong{.e},
That brid so breme in bour{.e};
With lossom ey{.e}, grete ant god{.e},
With browen blysfol under hod{.e};
He that reste him on the rod{.e}
That leflich lyf honour{.e}!

Hire lur{.e} lum{.e}s liht
Ase a launterne a nyht,
Hire bleo blykyeth so bryht:
So feyr heo is ant fyn!
A suetly suyre heo hath to hold{.e},
With arm{.e}s, shuldr{.e}, ase mon wold{.e},
Ant fyngres feyr{.e} fort{.e} fold{.e},
God wolde hue wer{.e} myn!

Middel heo hath menskful smal;
Hire loveliche cher{.e} as cristal;
They{.e}s, legg{.e}s, fet, ant al,
Ywraht is of the best{.e}.
A lussum ledy last{.e}les
That sweting is, and ever wes;
A betere burd{.e} never nes
Yhery{.e}d with the hest{.e}.

Heo is der{.e}worthe in day,
Gracious{.e}, stout, and gay,
Gentil, jolyf so the jay,
Worhlich{.e} when heo waketh.
Maiden murgest of mouth;
Bi est, bi west, by north and south,
Thér nis fithel{.e} ne crouth
That such murth{.e}s maketh.

Heo is coral of godness{.e},
Heo is rubie of ryhtfulness{.e},
Heo is cristal of clanness{.e},
Ant baner of bealté;
Heo is lilie of largess{.e},
Heo is paruenke of prouess{.e},
Heo is solsecle of suetness{.e},
Ant ledy of lealté.

For hir{.e} love y carke ant car{.e},
For hir{.e} love y droupne ant dar{.e},
For hir{.e} love my blisse is bar{.e},
Ant al ich wax{.e} won;
For hir{.e} love in slep y slak{.e},
For hir{.e} love al nyht ich wak{.e},
For hir{.e} love mournynge y mak{.e}
Mor{.e} then eny mon.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (2/14/2016 6:30:00 PM)

    Middle English lyrics are short poems, almost all anonymous, written in English during the 13th,14th and early 15th centuries. Their themes are generally love, nature or religious devotion.

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (2/14/2016 6:26:00 PM)

    1 Ichot: Ich wot, I know (of) .
    1b burde: maiden.
    1c boure bryht: bright bower.
    2 fully semly... syht: very pleasing to sight.
    3 menskful: worshipful.
    4 feir: fair.
    5 fonde: deal with.
    6 wurhliche: worthy.
    7 won: multitude.
    8 y nuste: I knew not.
    9 lussomore in londe: lovelier on earth.
    10 suetyng: sweetling, sweetheart.
    11 lefliche: lovely.
    12 fonge: finger, take between hands.
    13 murthes: mirths, joys.
    14 mote heo monge: may she mingle.
    15 brid: bird.
    16 breme: glorious.
    16b lossom: lovesome, lovely.
    17 rode: the rood, the cross.
    18 lure: face.
    19 lumes: beams.
    20 bleo: colour.
    21 suetly swyre: darling neck.
    22 hue, heo: she.
    23 clannesse: cleanness, purity.
    24 parvenke: periwinkle.
    25 solsecle: sunflower.
    25b lealté: loyalty.
    26 carke: care, worry.
    26b dare: am in dismay.
    27 won: wan.
    28 slake: lessen.

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