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A FREINDE OF MINE.
The man said the place was made only for lovers to embrace,
and took his girl by the middle.
She caught hold of him,
“Insooth," then did this youngman say,
“I thinke this ffragrant place
eche others to inbrace."
good sooth I doe not mocke -
but to pull vpp her : smo : 1 blocke
to rest her weary bones.
soe that his fflesh did wrinkle ;
but lett the pimple passe;
there is no man heare but he may supposse 44 shee weere a merry lasse.
he boldly ventured, being tall,
yet in his speech bu[t] blunt, hee neuer ceast, but tooke
quoth shee, “I craue no sucour.”
which made him to haue a mighty mind 52 to clipp, kisse, & to : ffuck : plucke her
into his armes. “nay! soft!" quoth shee,
“what needeth all this doing ? ffor if
wilbe ruled by me,
These and the similar colons following are those of the MS.-F.
But if you'd win a woman, be quick,
They way to win a womans hart,
is quicklye to be breiffe,
that will soone ease her greiffe.
and don't mind her refusal.