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I find their haill affection
So contrair their complexion.

For why? no leid unleill they leid, a

Untruth expressly they expel;
Yet they are plenish'd and replete

Of falsehood and deceit thairsell : 3
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

They favour no ways foolish men,

And very few of them are wise ;
All greedy persons they mis-ken,

And they are full of covetise :
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

They would have all men bound and thrall

To them, and they for to be free:
They covet ilk man at their call,

And they to live at liberty :
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

They take delight in martial deeds,

And are of nature tremebund ;

1 Whole.

2 Suffer no unloyal person.

3 Themselves.

They would men nourish'd all their needs,

Syne, comfortless lets them confound :
So find I their affection
Contrair their own complexion.

The virtue of this writ, and vigour,

Made in comparison it is,
That feminine are of this figure,

Which clepit is Antiphrasis :
For why? their haill affection
Is contrair their complexion.

I wot, good women will not wyt' me,

Nor of this schedule be ashamit; For, be they courteous, they will 'quit me;

And gif they crab, here I quyt-clame - it: Confessand their affection Conform to their complexion.

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A Scotish poet, whose history is unknown, but who ap

pears to have flourished about 1550. The following specimen is taken from Pinkerton's Anc. Scot. Poems, 1786.

Wo worth Marriage !
In Bowdoun,' on black monunday, a
When all was gatherit to the play,

Both men and women 'semblit there,
I heard a sweet one sigh, and say

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

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“ Maidens, ye may have great pleasảnce & For to do Venus observance,

Though I inclosit be with care, “ That I dare neither sing nor dance.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

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“ When that I was a maiden ying, 3 “ Lightly would I dance and sing,

'A village on the Tweed, near old Melrose.

? Monday.

3 Young

“ And sport and play, bayth late and air.' “ Now dare I nought look to sic thing.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ Thus am I bounden, out of bliss,
“ Unto ane churl says I am his,

“ That I dare nought look o'er the stair,
Scantly? to give Sir John ane kiss!
Wo worth marriage for evermair!

as I was

« No were I ane maiden
“ To make me lady of the Bas-

“ And though that I were ne'er so fair, “ To wedding should I never pass.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ All night I clatter 3 upon my creed, “ Prayand to God that I were dead;

6 Or else out of this world he were : « Then should I see for some remeid.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ Ye should hear 'tell (and he were gane) “ That I should be ane wanton ane.

* Early.

2 Scarcely.

3 Chatter.

“ To leir' the law of lovis layra « In our town like me should be nane.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ I should put on my russet gown,
“ My red kirtill, my hose of brown,

" And let them see my yellow hair “ Under my curchè 3 hingand4 down.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!

“ Lovers bayth should hear and see,
" I should love them that would love me;

6. Their hearts for me should ne'er be sair : 5 “ But aye unweddit should I be.

Wo worth marriage for evermair!"

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