Middle English Love Poetry

Bitwene March and Averil,

When spray biginneth to springe

The litel foult hath hire wil,

On hyre lede to synge.

Ich live in love-longing,

For seemliest of alle thynge,

She may me blisse bringe,

Ich am in hire baundoun

A hendy hap Ichave y-hent

Ichot from hevene it is me sent,

From alle women my love is lent

And light on Alysoun.

—British Library MS Harley 2253—

http://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/text/fein-harley2253-volume-2-article-29


Sanders, Andrew. The Short Oxford History of English Literature. 2nd Edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 47.

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