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AELLA: MINSTREL'S MARRIAGE-SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The budding floweret blushes at the light
Last Line: Winter and dusky hills will have a charm for thee.
Variant Title(s): The Want
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

THE budding floweret blushes at the light:
The meads are sprinkled with the yellow hue;
In daisied mantles is the mountain dight;
The slim young cowslip bendeth with the dew;
The trees enleafed, into heaven straught
When gentle winds do blow, to whistling din are brought
The evening comes and brings the dew along;
The ruddy welkin sheeneth to the eyne;
Around the ale-stake minstrels sing the song;
Young ivy round the doorpost doth entwine;
I lay me on the grass; yet, to my will,
Albeit all is fair, there lacketh something still.
So Adam thought, what time, in Paradise,
All heaven and earth did homage to his mind.
In woman and none else man's pleasaunce lies,
As instruments of joy are kind with kind.
Go, take a wife unto thine arms, and see
Winter and dusky hills will have a charm for thee.

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