The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

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ANONYMOUS

I The Nutbrown Maid

Squire

BE it right or wrong, these men among
On women do complain,
Affirming this, how that it is
A labour spent in vain
To love them well, for never a dell
They love a man again;
For let a man do what he can,
Their favour to attain,
Yet if a new to them pursue,
Their first true lover than
Laboureth for nought, and from her thought
He is a banished man.

Puella

I say not nay, but that all day
It is both writ and said
That woman's faith is, as who saith,
All utterly decayed;
But nevertheless, right good witness
In this case might be laid,
That they love true, and continue.
Record the Nutbrown Maid,
Which from her love, when, her to prove,
He came to make his moan,
Would not depart, for in her heart
She loved but him alone.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Anonymous 1
  • Notes 879
  • Index of Authors 889
  • Index of First Lines 891
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