English Songs and Ballads
As she proceeded thus in song unto her little brat,
Much matter uttered she of weight, in place whereas she sat. And proved plain, there was no beast, nor creature bearing life, Could well be known to live in love, without discord and strife: Then kissèd she her little babe, and sware by God above,
The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love.
She said that neither king, nor prince, nor lord could live aright, Until their puissance they did prove, their manhood and their might; When manhood shall be matched so that fear can take no place, Then weary works make warriors each other to embrace,
And leave their force that failed them, which did consume the rout, That might before have lived in peace their time and nature out: Then did she sing as one that thought no man could her reprove, The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love.
She said she saw no fish, nor fowl, nor beast within her haunt, That met a stranger in the