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by ddyllyam Copland: no date. In the Cotton Library (Calig. A. 2,) is a MS. copy of the same romance containing the greatest variations. They are probably two different translations of some French original.

FARRE in the countrey of Arden,
There won’d a knight, hight Cassemen,

As bolde as Isenbras :
Fell was he, and eger bent,
In battell and in tournament,

As was the good Sir Topas.

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He had, as antique stories tell,
A daughter cleaped Dowsabel,

A mayden fayre and free:
And for she was her fathers heire,
Full well she was y-cond the leyre

Of mickle curtesie.

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The silke well couth she twist and twine,
And make the fine march-pine,

And with the needle werke:
And she could helpe the priest to say
His mattins on a holy-day,

And sing a psalme in kirke.

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She ware a frock of frolicke greene,
Might well beseeme a mayden queene,

Which seemly was to see ;
A hood to that so neat and fine,

In colour like the colombine,

Y-wrought full featously.

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Her features all as fresh above,
As is the

grasse

that

growes by Dove;
And lyth as lasse of Kent.
Her skin as soft as Lemster wooll,
As white as snow on Peakish Hull,

Or swanne that swims in Trent.

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This mayden in a more betime
Went forth, when May was in her prime,

To get sweete cetywall,
The honey-suckle, the harlocke,
The lilly and the lady-smocke,

To deck her summer hall.

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Thus, as she wandred here and there,
Y-picking of the bloomed breere,

She chanced to espie
A shepheard sitting on a bancke,
Like chanteclere he crowed crancke,

And pip'd full merrilie.

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He lear'd his sheepe as he him list,
When he would whistle in his fist,

To feede about him round;
Whilst he full many a carroll sung,
Untill the fields and meadowes rung,

And all the woods did sound.

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In favour this same shepheards swayne
Was like the bedlam Tamburlayne,*

Which helde prowd kings in awe:
But meeke he was as lamb mought be:
And innocent of ill as het

Whom his lewd brother slaw.

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The shepheard ware a sheepe-gray cloke,
Which was of the finest loke,

That could be cut with sheere :
His mittens were of bauzens skinne,
His cockers were of cordiwin,

His hood of meniveere,

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His aule and lingell in a thong,
His tar-boxe on his broad belt hong,

His breech of coyntrie blewe:
Full crispe and curled were his lockes,
His browes as white as Albion rocks:

So like a lover true,

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And pyping still he spent the day,
So merry as the popingay;

Which liked Dowsabel :
That would she ought, or would she nought, 70
This lad would never from her thought;

She in love-longing fell.

Alluding to Tamburlaine the Great, or the Scythian Shepheard, 1590, 8vo. an old ranting play ascribed to Marlowe.

+ Sc. Abel.

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At length she tucked up her frocke,
White as a lilly was her smocke,

She drew the shepheard nye;
But then the shepheard pyp'd a good,
That all his sheepe forsooke their foode,

To heare his melodye.

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Thy sheepe, quoth she, cannot be leane,
That have a jolly shepheards swayne,

The which can pipe so well :
Yea but, sayth he, their shepheard may,
If pyping thus he pine away,

In love of Dowsabel.

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Of love, fond boy, take thou no keepe,
Quoth she; looke thou unto thy sheepe,

Lest they should hap to stray.
Quoth he, So had I done full well,
Had I not seen fayre Dowsabell

Come forth to gather maye.

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With that she gan to vaile her head,
Her cheeks were like the roses red,

But not a word she sayd:
With that the shepheard gan to frowne,
He threw his pretie pypes adowne,

And on the ground him layd.

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Sayth she, I may not stay till night,
And leave my summer-hall undight,

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And all for long of thee.
My coate, sayth he, nor yet my foulde
Shall neither sheepe nor shepheard hould,

Except thou favour mee.

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Sayth she, Yet lever were I dead,
Then I should lose my mayden-head,

And all for love of men.
Sayth he, Yet are you too unkind,
If in
your heart

you cannot finde To love us now and then.

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And I to thee will be as kinde
As Colin was to Rosalinde,

Of curtesie the flower.
Then will I be as true, quoth she,
As ever mayden yet might be

Unto her paramour.

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With that she bent her snow-white knee,
Downe by the shepheard kneeled shee,

And him she sweetely kist :
With that the shepheard whoop'd for joy,
Quoth he, Ther's never shepheards boy

That ever was so blist.

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