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Forget not yet when first began
Forget not yet the great assays,
Forget not ! Oh! forget not this,
Forget not then thine own approved, The which so long hath thee so loved, Whose steadfast faith yet never moved : Forget not this !
COMPLAINT OF THE ABSENCE OF HER
LOVER BEING UPON THE SEA.
HAPPY dames, that may embrace
The fruit of your delight,
And eke the heavy plight
In ship, freight with rememberance
Of thoughts, and pleasures past,
My life, while it will last :
Alas ! how oft in dreams I see
Those eyes, that were my food,
Which sometime so delighted me,
That yet they do me good. Wherewith I wake with his return, Whose absent flame did make me burn. But when I find the lack, Lord ! how I mourn. When other lovers in arms across,
Rejoice their chief delight;
I stand the bitter night,
Doth rise, by rage of wind;
Assail my restless mind.
To chase from me annoy,
So dread cuts off my joy.
N going to my naked bed as one that would have slept,
rest, That would not cease but cried still, in sucking at her
breast. She was full weary of her watch, and grieved with her
child, She rocked it and rated it, till that on her it smiled : Then did she say now have I found this proverb true to
prove, The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love.
Then took I paper pen and ink, this proverb for to write,
And proved plain, there was no beast, nor creature bearing
Could well be known to live in love, without discord and
strise: Then kissed she her little babe, and sware by God above, The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love.
She said that neither king nor prince, nor lord could live
aright, Until their puissance they did prove their manhood and
their might. When manhood shall be matched so, that fear can take no
place, Then weary works make warriors each other to embrace, And left their force that failed them, which did consume
the rout, That might before have lived their time, and nature out: Then did she sing as one that thought no man could her
reprove, The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love.
She said she saw no fish nor fowl, nor beast within her
haunt, That met a stranger in their kind, but could give it a taunt: Since flesh might not endure, but rest must wrath succeed, And force the fight to fall to play, in pasture where they