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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Alexander Scott. 1520?–158–
43. A Bequest of His Heart
HENCE, heart, with her that must depart, 
  And hald thee with thy soverane! 
For I had liever want ane heart, 
  Nor have the heart that dois me pain. 
  Therefore, go, with thy love remain,         5
And let me leif thus unmolest; 
  And see that thou come not again, 
But bide with her thou luvis best. 
Sen she that I have servit lang 
  Is to depart so suddenly,  10
Address thee now, for thou sall gang 
  And bear thy lady company. 
  Fra she be gone, heartless am I, 
For quhy? thou art with her possest. 
  Therefore, my heart, go hence in high,  15
And bide with her thou luvis best. 
Though this belappit body here 
  Be bound to servitude and thrall, 
My faithful heart is free entier 
  And mind to serve my lady at all.  20
  Would God that I were perigall 
Under that redolent rose to rest! 
  Yet at the least, my heart, thou sall 
Abide with her thou luvis best. 
Sen in your garth the lily quhyte  25
  May not remain amang the laif, 
Adieu the flower of whole delite! 
  Adieu the succour that may me saif! 
  Adieu the fragrant balme suaif, 
And lamp of ladies lustiest!  30
  My faithful heart she shall it haif 
To bide with her it luvis best. 
Deploir, ye ladies cleir of hue, 
  Her absence, sen she must depart! 
And, specially, ye luveris true  35
  That wounded bene with Luvis dart. 
  For some of you sall want ane heart 
As well as I; therefore at last 
  Do go with mine, with mind inwart, 
And bide with her thou luvis best!  40
GLOSS:  hald] keep.  sen] since.  belappit] downtrodden.  perigall] made equal to, privileged.  garth] garden-close.  laif] rest.  with mind inwart] with inner mind, i. e. in spirit.
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