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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Anonymous. 15th Cent.
  
23. Carol
  
I SING of a maiden 
  That is makeles; 
King of all kings 
  To her son she ches. 
 
He came al so still         5
  There his mother was, 
As dew in April 
  That falleth on the grass. 
 
He came al so still 
  To his mother's bour,  10
As dew in April 
  That falleth on the flour. 
 
He came al so still 
  There his mother lay, 
As dew in April  15
  That falleth on the spray. 
 
Mother and maiden 
  Was never none but she; 
Well may such a lady 
  Goddes mother be.  20
 
GLOSS:  makeles] matchless.  ches] chose.
 
 
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