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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Extracts from The Palice of Honour: The Fête Champêtre
By Gawain Douglas (c. 1474–1522)
 
  OUR horsis pasturit in ane plesand plane,
Law at the fute of ane faire grene montane,
Amid ane meid schaddowit with ceder treis,
Saif fra all heit, thair micht we weill remane.
All kinde of herbis, flouris, frute, and grane,        5
With euerie growand tre thair men micht cheis,
The beriall 1 stremis rinnand ouir stanerie greis 2
Made sober noyis, the schaw 3 dinnit agane
For birdis sang, and sounding of the beis.
  The ladyis fair on diuers instrumentis,        10
Went playand, singand, dansand ouir the bentis, 4
Full angellike and heuinlie was thair soun.
Quhat creature amid his hart imprentis,
The fresche bewtie, the gudelie representis,
The merie speiche, fair hauingis, 5 hie renoun        15
Of thame, wald set a wise man half in swoun,
Thair womanlines wryithit 6 the elementis,
Stoneist 7 the heuin, and all the eirth adoun.
 
Note 1. like beryl. [back]
Note 2. gravelly ledges. [back]
Note 3. thicket. [back]
Note 4. open fields. [back]
Note 5. manners. [back]
Note 6. disturbed. [back]
Note 7. astonished. [back]
 
 
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