HENCE, heart, with her that must depart,
And hald1 thee with thy soverane!
For I had liever
want ane heart,
Nor have the heart that do is me pain.
Therefore, go, with thy luve remain,
And let me leif
And see that thou come not again,
But bide with her thou luvis best.
Sen2 she that I have servit lang
Is to depart so suddenly,
Address thee now, for thou sall gang
bear thy lady company.
Fra she be gone, heartless am I,
For quhy? thou art with her possest.
my heart, go hence in high,
And bide with her thou luvis best.
Though this belappit3 body here
Be bound to servitude and thrall,
My faithful heart is free
And mind to serve my lady at all.
Would God that I were perigall4
Under that redolent rose to rest!
at the least, my heart, thou sall
Abide with her thou luvis best.
Sen in your garth5 the lily quhyte
May not remain amang the laif,6
Adieu the flower of whole
Adieu the succour that may me saif!
Adieu the fragrant balme suaif,
And lamp of ladies lustiest!
faithful heart she shall it haif
To bide with her it luvis best.
Deploir, ye ladies cleir of hue,
Her absence, sen she must depart!
And, specially, ye luveris
That wounded bene with Luvis dart.
For some of you sall want ane heart
As well as I; therefore at
Do go with mine, with mind inwart,7
And bide with her thou luvis best!
LO, quhat it is to love
Learn ye that list to prove,
By me, I say, that no ways may
The ground of
But still decay both nicht and day:
Lo, quhat it is to love!
Love is ane fervent fire
Kindlit without desire,
Short pleasour, long displeasour,
Ane pure tressour without measour;
Love is ane fervent fire.
To love and to be wise,
To rage with good advice;
Now thus, now than, so gois the game,
is the dice;
There is no man, I say, that can
Both love and to be wise.
Flee always from the snare,
Learn at me to beware;
It is ane pain, and double trane
woe and care;
For to refrain that danger plain,
Flee always from the snare.
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