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Anonymous 15th Century Ballad

"Old Hogyn's Adventure

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Hogyn cam to bowers dore,
Hogyn cam to bowers dore;
He trilled upon the pin for love,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
He trilled upon the pin for love,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!

Up she rose and let him in,
Up she rose and let him in;
She had a went she had worshipped all her kin,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
She had a went she had worshipped all her kin,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!

When they were to bed brought,
When they were to bed brought,
The old churl he could do nought,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
The old churl he could do nought,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!

Go ye forth to yonder window,
Go ye forth to yonder window,
And I will come to you within a throw,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
And I will come to you within a throw,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!

When she him at the window wist,
When she him at the window wist,
She turned out her arse and that he kissed,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
She turned out her arse and that he kissed,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!

Ywis, leman, ye do me wrong,
Ywis, leman, ye do me wrong,
Or elles your breath is wonder strong,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
Or elles your breath is wonder strong,
Hum, ha, trill go bell!
bedroom door

turned the door-latch






she believed















short time















The text is reproduced, with some regularization of the spelling, from the version first printed by Ewald Flügel in Anglia, XXVI (1903), 273-274.
 

 
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