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My Leman is so true

Language: English

 My Leman1 is so true
 Of love and full steadfast
 Yet seemeth ever new
 His love is on us cast.

 I would that all Him knew
 And loved Him firm and fast,
 They never would it rue
 But happy be at last.

 He lovingly abides
 Although I stay full long
 He will me never chide
 Although I choose the wrong.

 He says "Behold, my side
 And why on Rood I hung;"
 For my love leave thy pride
 And I thee underfong2.

 I'll dwell with Thee believe,
 Leman, under Thy tree.
 May no pain e'er me grieve
 Nor make me from Thee flee.

 I will in at Thy sleeve
 All in Thine heart to be;
 Mine heart shall burst and cleave
 Ere untrue Thou me see.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 leman = lover (Christ)
2 underfong = take back

Submitted by Geoffrey Wieting


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