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"AMEN! AMEN!" 65I
After her service in such avise, 2190
That of my dreame the substaunce
Mighte once turne to cognisaunce,
And cognisaunce to very preve
By full consent and goode leve
Or elles without more I pray
That thilke night, or it be day,
I mote unto my dreame returne,
And, sleeping so, forth aie sojourne
About the yle of pleasaunce,
Under my ladies obeisaunce MOO
In her servise, and in such wise
As it please her may to devise,
And grace ones to be accepte,
Like as I dreamed when I slepte,
And dure a thousand yeare and ten
In her good will. Amen! Amen!
Fairest of faire, and goodliest on live, All my secret to you I plaine and shrive. Requiring grace and of complaint, To be healed, or martyred as a saint; 2210 For by my trouth I sweare, and by this booke, Ve may both heale and slea me with a looke.
Go forth, mine owne true hart innocent, And with humblesse do thine observaunce, And to thy lady on thy knees present Thy servise new, and think how great pleasanc* It is to live under thobeisance
Of her that may with her lookes softe
Give thee the blisse that thou desirest ofte.
He diligent, awake, obey, and drede, 2220 And be not too wild of thy countenaunce, But meeke and glad, and thy nature feede, To do each thing that may her pleasance, When thou shalt sleep, have aie in remembrance Thimage of her which may with lookes softe (live thee the blisse that thou desirest ofte.
And if so be that thou her name finde
Ve that this ballade reade shalle,
Bothe erly and late.
My lyfe I hate:
Of other cure
Ys hard certayn:
Suche ys my ure,1
May have more payn?
My trouth so pleyn
Yet I full feyne
From thys penaunce.
Bat in substaunce,
Can I nat fynde;
Ryght so my chaunce,
And thus an ende.
Whan prestis faylin in her sawes,
And lecherie is holden as privy solas,
Than schall the lond of Albion
As sumtyme it befelle.
Ora pro Anglia, Sancta Maria, quod Thomas
Sweete Jhesu, heven-king,
GO FORTH, KING.
Go forth, King, rule thee by sapience;
Bishop, be able to minister doctrine; Lorde, to true counsaile geve audience;
Womanhode, to chastity ever incline;
Knight, let thy deedes worship determine; Be righteous, Judge, in saving of thy name; Riche, do almose, lest thou lese bliss with shame.
People, obey your king and the law;
Age, be ruled by good religion; True Servaunt, be dredful and keep thee undei law;
And, thou Poore, fie on presumpcion!
Inobedience to Youth is utter destruction; Remember you how God hath set you, lo, And doe your part as ye be ordained to.