But I sall praise thee evermoir
With sangis sweit unto thy gloir;
The knees of my hert sall I
And sing that richt Balulalow!
AS ye came from the holy land
Met you not with my true love
By the way as
How should I know your true love,
That have met many a one
As I came from the holy land,
have come, that have gone?
She is neither white nor brown,
But as the heavens fair;
There is none hath her form divine
the earth or the air.
Such a one did I meet, good sir,
Such an angelic face,
Who like a nymph, like a queen, did
In her gait, in her grace.
She hath left me here alone
All alone, as unknown,
Who sometime did me lead with herself,
me loved as her own.
Whats the cause that she leaves you alone
And a new way doth take,
That sometime did love
you as her own,
And her joy did you make?
I have loved her all my youth,
But now am old, as you see:
Love likes not the falling fruit,
the withered tree.
Know that Love is a careless child,
And forgets promise past:
He is blind, he is deaf when he
And in faith never fast.
His desire is a dureless content,
And a trustless joy;
He is won with a world of despair,
lost with a toy.
Of womenkind such indeed is the love,
Or the word love abusàed,
Under which many childish
And conceits are excusàed.
But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never dead, never cold,
itself never turning.
BALOW, my babe, lie still and sleep!
It grieves me sore to see thee weep.
Wouldst thou be
quiet Ise be glad,
Thy mourning makes my sorrow sad:
Balow my boy, thy mothers joy,
Thy father breeds
me great annoy
When he began to court my love,
And with his sugred words me move,
His fainings false and
To me that time did not appear:
But now I see most cruelly
He cares not for my babe nor
Lie still, my darling, sleep awhile,
And when thou wakst thoule sweetly smile:
But smile not
as thy father did,
To cozen maids: nay, God forbid!
But yet I fear thou wilt go near
Thy fathers heart and
face to bear
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