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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: A Ballade in Commendation of Honour
By Gawain Douglas (c. 1474–1522)
  O HIE honour, sweit heuinlie flour degest, 1
Gem verteous, maist precious, gudliest.
For hie renoun thow art guerdoun conding, 2
Of worschip kend the glorious end and rest,
But quhome 3 in richt na worthie wicht may lest.        5
Thy greit puissance may maist auance all thing,
And pouerall to mekill auaill sone bring. 4
I the require sen thow but peir 5 art best,
That efter this in thy hie blis we ring. 6
  Of grace thy face in euerie place sa 7 schynis,        10
That sweit all spreit 8 baith heid and feit inclynis,
Thy gloir afoir 9 for till imploir remeid.
He docht 10 richt nocht, quhilk out of thocht the tynis; 11
Thy name but 12 blame, and royal fame diuine is;
Thow port at schort of our comfort and reid,        15
Till 13 bring all thing till glaiding efter deid,
All wicht but sicht of thy greit micht ay crynis, 14
O schene I mene, nane may sustene thy feid. 15
  Haill rois 16 maist chois till clois thy fois greit micht,
Haill stone quhilk schone vpon the throne of licht,        20
Vertew, quhais trew sweit dew ouirthrew al vice,
Was ay ilk day gar say the way of licht;
Amend, offend, and send our end ay richt.
Thow stant, ordant as sanct, of grant 17 maist wise,
Till be supplie, and the hie gre 18 of price.        25
Delite the tite 19 me quite of site 20 to dicht,
For I apply schortlie to thy deuise.
Note 1. grave. [back]
Note 2. condign. [back]
Note 3. without whom. [back]
Note 4. bring the poor to great prosperity. [back]
Note 5. without a peer. [back]
Note 6. reign. [back]
Note 7. so. [back]
Note 8. every sweet spirit. [back]
Note 9. before thy glory. [back]
Note 10. avails. [back]
Note 11. loses. [back]
Note 12. without. [back]
Note 13. to. [back]
Note 14. diminishes. [back]
Note 15. hatred. [back]
Note 16. rose. [back]
Note 17. giving. [back]
Note 18. degree. [back]
Note 19. quickly. [back]
Note 20. shame. [back]

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