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The THISTLE and the ROSE,

O'er flowers and herbage green,
By Lady Nature chose,

Brave King and lovely Queen.


HEN March with varying winds was overpaft,

And sweet April had with his filver showers
Ta'n leave of Nature with an orient blast,
And lufty May, that mother is of flowers,
Had made the birds begin by tymous hours;
Among the tender odours red and white,
Whose harmony to her was great delight.

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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,
Lord Eolus does in thy season ring,
So bousteous are the blasts of his thrill horn,
Among thy houghs to walk I have forborn.


With that the lady soberly did smile,
And said, uprise and do thy observance :
Thou did promise in May's lusty while,
Then to describe the ROSE of most pleasance
Go see the birdis how they fing and dance,
And how the skies illumined are bright,
Enamellid richly with new azure light.

When this was said, away then went the Queen,
And enter'd in a lufty garden gent;
And then methought, full hastily beseen,
In fark and mantle after her I went
Into this garth most dulce and redolent,
Of herb and flower, and tender plants most sweet,
And the green leaves doing of dew down fleit.

The purple fun, with tender rayis red,
In orient bright as angel did appear,
Through golden skies advancing up his head,
Whose gilded tresses Thone so wondrous clear,
That all the world took comfort far and near,
To look upon his fresh and blissful face,
Doing all fable frae the Heavens chace.

the sky,

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.

Also ordain’d that every bird and beast
Before her Highness should anon compear ;
And every flower of virtue most and least,

herb of fair field far and near,
As they had wont in May from year
To her their Queen to make obedience,
Full low inclining with due reverence.

With that anon she sent the swift foot Roe,
To bring in alkind beast from dale and down ;
The restless swallow order'd she to go,

to year;

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flowers appear

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.

This awful beast was terrible of chear,
Piercing of look, and stout of countenance,
Right strong of corps, of fashion fair, b:lt fear,
Lusty of shape, light of deliverance,
Red of his colour, as the ruby glance :
In field of gold he stood full rampantly,
With flower-de-lyces circled pleasantly.

This Lady lifted up his claws so clear,
And lute him liftly lean upon her knee,
And crowned him with diadem full dear,
Of radious stones most royal there to see,
Saying the King of all bcasts make I thee;
And the protector chief in woods and shaws,
Go forth, and to thy lieges keep the laws.

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