Robin and Malkin

Original Text: 
The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates' MS. 1.1.6, intro. by Denton Fox and William A. Ringler (London: Scolar Press and NLS, 1980). 2 vols. PR 8656 B36 1980a large. Victoria College Library
4      "Robene, thow rew on me;
5I haif the luvit lowd and still,
10      Nathing of lufe I knaw,
18      Tak thair ane a b c;
22      Quhat dule in dern thow dre;
25  Robene anserit hir agane,
27But I haif mervell in certane
29The weddir is fair, and I am fane,
32      Thay wald us bayth reproif."
35And thow sall haif my hairt all haill,
38      And for murnyng remeid,
40      Dowtles I am bot deid."
46      Fra thay begin to steir;
47Quhat lyis on hairt I will nocht hyd;
48      Makyn, than mak gud cheir."
50      I luve bot the allane."
51"Makyne, adew, the sone gois west,
53"Robene, in dule I am so drest,
55"Ga lufe, Makyne, quhair evir thow list,
60      At hame God gif I wair."
61"My huny, Robene, talk ane quhyle,
62      Gif thow will do na mair."
63"Makyne, sum uthir man begyle,
64      For hamewart I will fair."
65  Robene on his wayis went
66      Als licht as leif of tre;
67Mawkin murnit in hir intent,
68      And trowd him nevir to se.
70      Than Mawkyne cryit on hie,
73  Mawkyne went hame withowttin faill,
75Than Robene in a ful fair daill
76      Assemblit all his scheip.
77Be that sum pairte of Mawkynis aill
81  "Abyd, abyd, thow fair Makyne,
82      A word for ony thing;
83For all my luve it sal be thyne,
86      Is all my cuvating;
88      Will neid of no keping."
89  "Robene, thow hes hard soung and say,
91'The man that will nocht quhen he may
94      Mot eik thair cairis cauld,
95That first preissis with the to play,
96      Be firth, forrest, or fauld."
97  "Makyne, the nicht is soft and dry,
98      The wedder is warme and fair,
99And the grene woid rycht neir us by
102      That is to lufe contrair;
103Thairin, Makyne, bath ye and I
104      Unsene we ma repair."
105  "Robene, that warld is all away
106      And quyt brocht till ane end,
111As thow hes done, sa sall I say,
114      My hairt on the is sett,
118      Quhat grace that evir I gett."
126      In dolour and in cair,
128      Amangis the holtis hair.


1] ROBENE AND MAKYNE occurs in MS. Nat. Lib. Scotland, Bannatyne, I. i. 6, written in 1568. It was first printed in Ramsay's The Ever Green, 1724. The date of composition is unknown. This piece belongs to the type of the French pattorale or dialogue between a shepherd and shepherdess. Their names are often Robin and Marion. Makyne or Malkin is a diminutive of Matilda or Maud. Back to Line
2] fe. Cattle, live-stock (O.E. feoh). Here, sheep. Back to Line
3] till. to. Back to Line
6] Thir. These. Back to Line
7] Unless thou assuage my grief in secret. Back to Line
8] but dreid. Without doubt.
de. Die. Back to Line
9] Be the rude. By the rood. Back to Line
11] keipis. Keep. The first person pres. indic. takes -is when not immediately preceded by the pronoun.
wid. Wood. Back to Line
12] raik on raw. Range in a raw. Back to Line
13] What has marred (injured) thee in thy mood (mind). Back to Line
14] schaw. Show. Back to Line
15] lude. Loved. Back to Line
16] Fane. Fain.
leir. Learn. Back to Line
17] lair. Lore.
gife. If. Back to Line
19] heynd. Gracious.
feir. Appearance. Back to Line
20] fre. Generous. Back to Line
21] So that no disdain (from thy lady) may daunt thee, (no matter) what grief thou mayest endure in secret. Back to Line
23] Exert thyself painfully and with all thy power (to serve thy lady). Back to Line
24] previe. Secret. These are the rules of courtly love as laid down in the Roman de la Rose and in Chaucer's love-vision poetry. Back to Line
26] wait. Know. Back to Line
28] this wanrufe: Thus restless. Back to Line
30] My sheep are walking up above in good condition or complete. Back to Line
31] If we should dally in this plain they would reprove us both. Back to Line
33] tent. Heed. Back to Line
34] reid. Advise. Back to Line
36] Eik and. And also. Back to Line
37] Sen. Since
bute for baill. Remedy for woe. Back to Line
39] Unless I deal with thee in secret. Back to Line
41] to morne this ilk a tyde. To-morrow at this same time. Back to Line
42] And. If. Back to Line
43] besyd. Aside. Back to Line
44] Quhill. Till.
liggit. Lain. Back to Line
45] But may I be confounded if I wait after they begin to move. Back to Line
49] reivis me. Robbest me of.
roif. Quiet. Back to Line
52] neir hand. Nearly. Back to Line
54] bane. Destruction. Back to Line
56] lemman. Sweetheart.
lue. Love. Back to Line
57] styll. Plight. Back to Line
58] sicht. Sigh. Back to Line
59] quhyle. (Long) while. Back to Line
69] Robene started across the field. Back to Line
71] ma. May.
schent. Confounded. Back to Line
72] What has love against me? Back to Line
74] cowth. Could, i.e. did. Back to Line
78] cowd. See on 1. 74. Back to Line
79] He followed her fast to woo her there. Back to Line
80] till. To.
keip. Heed. Back to Line
84] depairting. Separation. Back to Line
85] All haill. Completely.
haif. Have. Back to Line
87] quhill houres nyne. Till nine o'clock. Back to Line
90] gestis. Tales of deeds done (L. gesta), romances.
auld. Old. Back to Line
92] wald. Would. Back to Line
93] I pray that every day may increase the cold sorrows of those who first hasten to dally with thee in woodland, forest, or fold. Back to Line
100] To walk about everywhere. Back to Line
101] janglour. Tell-tale. Back to Line
107] perfay. By my faith. Back to Line
108] wend. Didst ween, think. Back to Line
109] Thou didst make a jest of my pain. Back to Line
110] spend. Spent it. Back to Line
112] mend. Recover. Back to Line
113] howp. Hope.
heill. Health. Back to Line
115] leill. Loyal. Back to Line
116] While I may live, without ceasing. Back to Line
117] Never to be disloyal as are others, however little favour I may get. Back to Line
119] deill. Deal, have to do. Back to Line
120] thus we mett: i.e., our interview is over. Back to Line
121] annewche. enough. Back to Line
122] Through the hoary (aged) woods. Back to Line
123] lewche. laughed. Back to Line
124] sichit: sighed. Back to Line
125] wrewche: wretched. Back to Line
127] huche: cliff. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP 1.52.