Lenten is Come with Loue to Toune

Original Text: 
British Library MS Harley 2253, fol. 71v; Carleton Brown, ed., English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932): no. 81, pp. 145-46, 230. Carleton Brown and Rossell Hope Robbins, The Index of Middle English Verse (New York, 1943): no. 1861. Z 2012 B86 General Reference Robarts Library.
3        That al this blisse bryngeth.
12        That al the wode ryngeth.
14The leues on the lyhte wode
25The mone mandeth hire lyht,
26So doth the semly sonne bryht,
32Wymmen waxeth wounder proude,


1] Lenten: spring. Back to Line
2] blosmen: flowers. briddes roune: birdsong. Back to Line
4] Dayeseyes: daisies. dales: valleys. Back to Line
5] suete: sweet. Back to Line
6] Vch: each. foul: fowl, bird. Back to Line
7] threstelcoc: throstle cock; the male thrush or mavis. threteth oo: quarrels with another one. Back to Line
8] huere: their. Back to Line
9] woderoue: woodruff, a sweet-smelling ground herb with clusters of small white flowers. Back to Line
10] ferly fele: amazingly many. Back to Line
11] Ant: and. wlyteth on huere wynter wele: chirp (onomatopoeic verb) well about their winter (?). Back to Line
13] rayleth hire rode: puts on her face. Back to Line
15] wylle: desire. Back to Line
16] mandeth hire bleo: shows her face ("shines"). Back to Line
17] lossom: lovesome. Back to Line
18] fenyl: fennel, a sweet yellow-flowered herb. fille: a garden herb, chervil or possibly thyme. Back to Line
19] Wowes: woo. drakes: male ducks. Back to Line
20] Miles: possibly mullets, a kind of fish. murgeth: cheer up. huere makes: their mates (i.e., "ducks"). Back to Line
21] striketh stille: runs quietly. Back to Line
22] Mody: the high-spirited, the proud. meneth: "make plans". doh: do. mo: "more," others. Back to Line
23] Ichot: I know. ycham: I am. tho: those. Back to Line
24] who are ill-pleasing because of love (?). Back to Line
27] breme: loudly. Back to Line
28] The dews moisten the hills. Back to Line
29] derne rounes: secret cries. Back to Line
30] Domes forte deme: decide things ("render their judgments"). Back to Line
31] Wormes: serpents. Back to Line
33] "So well does it [spring] seem to them." Back to Line
34] Yef: if. wonte wille of: be undesired by ("lack the desire of"). Back to Line
35] wunne weole: happy well-being. Back to Line
36] wyht: fellow. be fleme: take flight. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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