|Alysoun (14th century)
|A Middle English poem written circa 1300. Taken from Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918 (pages 2 and 3).|
BYTUENE Mershe and Averil
Levedi, al for thine sake
on hyre lud] in her language. ich libbe] I live. semlokest] seemliest. he] she baundoun] thraldom. hendy] gracious. y-hent] received. ichot] I wot. lyht] alighted. hire her] her hair. lossum chere] lovely face. loh] smiled. bote he] unless she. buen] be. make] mate. feye] like to die. nihtes] at night. wende] turn. for-thi] on that account. wonges waxeth won] cheeks grow wan.
levedi] lady. y-lent me on] come upon me. so wyter mon] so wise a man. swyre] neck. may] maid. for-wake] worn out with vigils. so water in wore] as water in a weir. reve] rob. y-yerned yore] long desired. tholien] to endure. geynest under gore] comeliest under robe. roun] voice.
|This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.|