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Poem by Robert Henryson
Forcy as deith is likand lufe, Throuch quhome al bittir suet is; No thing is hard, as writ can pruf, Till him in lufe that letis; Luf us fra barret betis. Quhen fra the hevinly sete abufe In message Gabriell couth muf, And with myld Mary metis, And said, "God wele the gretis; In the He will tak rest and rufe, But hurt of syne or yit reprufe; In Him sett thi decret is." This message mervale gert that myld, And silence held but soundis, As weill aferit a maid infild. The angell it expoundis, How that hir wame but woundis Consave it suld, fra syne exild; And quhen this carpin wes compilit, Brichtnes fra bufe aboundis. Thane fell that gay to groundis, Of Goddis grace na thing begild; Wox in hir chaumer chaist with child, With Crist our kyng that cround is. Thir tithingis tauld, the messinger Till hevin agane he glidis; That princes pure withoutyn peir Full plesandly applid is, And blith with barne abidis. O worthy wirschip singuler, To be moder and madyn meir, As Cristin faith confidis; That borne was of hir sidis Our makar, Goddis sone so deir, Quhilk erd, wattir, and hevinnis cleir Throw grace and virtu gidis. The miraclis ar mekle and meit Fra luffis ryver rynnis; The low of luf haldand the hete Unbrynt full blithlie birnis; Quhen Gabriell beginnis With mouth that gudely may to grete, The wand of Aarone, dry but wete, To burioun nocht blynnis; The flesch all donk within is, Upon the erd na drop couth fleit; Sa was that may maid moder suete And sakeles of all synnis. Hir mervalus haill madinhede God in hir bosum bracis, And Hir divinité fra dreid Hir kepit in all casis. The hie God of His gracis Him self dispisit, us to speid, And dowtit nocht to dee on deid; He panit for our peacis, And with His blude us bacis, Bot quhen He ras up, as we rede, The cherité of His Godhede Was plane in every placis. O lady lele and lusumest, Thy face moist fair and schene is; O blosum blith and bowsumest, Fra carnale cryme that clene is; This prayer fra my splene is, That all my werkis wikkitest Thow put away and mak me chaist Fra Termigant that teyn is, And fra his cluke that kene is, And syne till hevin my saule thou haist, Quhair thi makar, of michtis mast, Is kyng, and thow thair quene is.
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