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The THISTLE and the ROSE,
O'er flowers and herbage green,
Brave King and lovely Queen.
And sweet April had with his filver showers
II. "In bed at morrow, sleeping as I lay, Methought Aurora with her ruby ene, In at my window looked by the day, And halfit me with visage pale and green ; Upon her hand a lark fang frae the spleen, “ Lovers, awake out of your slumbering. “ See how the lufty morning does upspring."
III. Methought fresh May before my bed upstood, In weed depainted of ilk diverse hue, Sober, benign, and full of mansuetude, In bright attire of flowers, all forged new, Of heavenly colour, white, red, brown and blue, Balmit in dew, and gilt with Phebus' beams, "While all the house illumin’d with her leams.
IV. Sluggard, she said, awake anen for fhame, And in mine honour something thou go write; The lark has done, the merry day proclaim, Lovers to raise with comfort and delight; Will nought increase thy courage to indite, Whose heart fometime has glad and blissful been, Songs oft to make, under the branches green?
V. Whereto, quoth I, shall I uprise at morrow, For in thy month few birds have. I heard fing, They have mare cause to weep and plain their
Thy air it is not wholsome nor benign,
With that the lady soberly did smile,
IX. And as the blissful sun drove
up All nature fang through comfort of the light, The minstrels wing'd, with open voices cry, , “ O Lovers now is fled the dully night, “ Come welcome day, that comforts ev'ry wight; “ Hail May! hail Flora! hail Aurora theen, “ Hail Princess Nature! hail love's hartsome Queen!
X. Dame Nature gave an inhibition there, To Neptune fierce, and Eolus the bold, Not to perturb the water or the air, That neither blashy shower, nor blasts more cold Should flowers affray nor fowls upon
the fold. She bade eke Juno, Goddess of the sky, That she the heaven should keep amene and dry.
herb of fair field far and near,
And to gar
And fetch all fowl of great and small renown,
of all fafsoun: Full craftily conjured fhe the Yarrow, Which did forth swirk as swift as any arrow.
XIII. All brought in were in twinkiing of an eye, Both beast and bird and flower before the Queen; And first the Lion, greatest of degree, Was summon’d there; and he, fair to be seen, With a full hardy countenance and keen, Before Dame Nature came, and did incline, With visage bold, and courage leonine.