Now Springes The Sprei

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Harley Lyrics
Middle English
Circa 13th Century

A man riding hears a woman singing. Abandoned by her sweetheart
she offers him her love instead.

"My sweetheart promised me true love
he's changed anew
If I may - I will make him rue this day!"


Nou Sprinkes the sprai,
Al for loue icche am so seek
That slepen I ne mai.

Als I me rode this endre dai
O mi pleyinge,
Seih icche hwar a litel mai
Bigan to singge,
'The clot him clingge!
Wai bes him I louue longinge
Sal libben ai
Sal libben ai

Son icche herde that mirie note,
Thider I drough.
I fonde hire in an herber sowte
Under a bogh.
With ioie inogh
Son I asked, 'Thou mirie mai,
Hwi sinkestou ai
Hwi sinkestou ai

Than answerde that maiden swote
Midde wordes fewe,
'Mi lemman me haues bihot
Of louue trewe,
He chaunges anewe.
Yiif I mai, it shal him rewe
Bi this dai.
Bi this dai.

Now sprinkes... etc.


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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