Blow Northern Wynd

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Harley Lyrics
Middle English
Circa 1340 or earlier

The singer wants so much to see his lover
that he prays the wind will hasten him to her.

Blow northern wind
send to me my sweetheart
blow northern wind
blow, blow, blow!"


Blow, Notherne wynd,
Sent thou me my suetyng,
Blow, northerne wynd,
Blou, Blou, blou!

Ichot a burde in boure bryht
That sully semly is on syht,
Menskful maiden of myht,
Feir ant fre to fonde.
In al this wurliche won
A burde of blod ant of bon
Neuer yete y nuste non
Lussomore in londe.

Blow, notherne etc.

With lokkes lefliche ant longe,
With frount ant face feir to fonde,
With murthes monie note heo monge,
That brid so breme in boure,
With lossom eye grete ant gode,
With browne blysfol vnder hode.
He that reste him on the rode
That leflich lyf honoure.

Blow, etc.

Heo is dereworthe in day,
Gracious, stout ant gay
Gentil, iolyf so the iay,
Worhliche when heo waketh.
Maiden murgest of mouth
Bi est, bi west, by north ant south
Ther nis fiele ne crouth
That such murthes maketh.

Blow etc.

Heo is coral of godnesse,
Heo is rubie of ryhtfulnesse,
Heo is cristal of clannesse
Ant baner of bealte.
Heo is lilie of largesse,
Heo is paruenke of prouesse,
Heo is solsecle of suetnesse
Ant ledy of lealte.

Blow etc.

For hire loue y carke ant care,
For hire loue y droupne ant dare,
For hire loue my blisse is bare,
Ant al ich waxe won.
For hire loue in slep y slake,
Fore hire loue al nyht ich wake,
For hire loue mournyng y make
More then eny mon.


from Marginalia, released December 16, 2015



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Marginalia Exeter, UK

A five piece folk band that takes beautiful medieval lyrics and resets them to their own compositions. Female vocals, English bagpipes, mango-cello, bouzouki, harmonium and bass give their songs subtlety at moments and drive at others, interspersed with tunes from all over Europe. Marginalia have played festivals, re-enactments, LARP, folk clubs and parties. ... more

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