Blowyng was mad for gret game
Words and Music: Traditional English
Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #18, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.
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I hold hym wyse and wel i-tau3t,
Can bar an horn and blow it nau3t.
Blowyng was mad for gret game;
Of thi blowyng cometh mekell grame;
Therfor I hold it for no schame,
To ber a horne and blow it nou3t.
Hornes are mad both loud and shyll,
Whan tym ys, blow thou thi fyll,
And whan ned is, hold the styll,
And ber a horne and blow it nou3t.
What so ever be in thi thou3t,
Her and se and sey ry3t nou3t;
Than schall men sey thou art well tou3t,
To bere, etc.
Of al the ryches under the son,
Than was there never beter wonne,
Than is a tau3t man for to konne,
To bere, etc.
Whatsoever be in thi brest,
Stop thi mou3t with thi fyst,
And lok thou thynk well of had-i-wyst,
And bere, etc.
And whan thou syttyst at the ale,
And cryyst lyk an ny3ttyngale,
Be war to whom thou tellist thi tale,
But bere, etc.
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