NOTES TO AN EXCELLENTE BALADE OF CHARITIE
1. Thomas Rowley, the author, was borm at Norton mal-reward in Somersetshire, educated at the Convent of St. Kenna at Keynesham, and died at Westbury in Gloucestershire. Back.
2. mees meads. Back.
3. rodded, reddened, ripened. Back.
4. mole, soft. Back.
5 peed chelandrie, pied goldfinch. Back.
6. dighte, dressed. Back.
7. defte, neat, ornamental. Back.
8. aumere, a loose robe or mantle. Back.
9. welken, the sky, the atmosphere. Back.
10. arist, arose. Back.
11. hiltring, hiding, shrouding Back.
12. attenes, at once. Back.
13. fetive, beauteous Back.
14. It would have been charitable, if the author had not pointed at personal characters in this Ballad of Charity. The Abbot of St. Godwin's at the time of the writing of this was Ralph de Bellomont, a great stickler for the Lancastrian family. Rowley was a Yorkist. Back.
15. ungentle, beggarly. Back.
16. bretful filled with. Back.
17. almer, beggar Back.
18. glommed, clouded, dejected. A person of some note in the literary word is of opinion, that glum and glom are modern cant words, and from this circumstance doubts the authenticity of Rowley's Manuscripts. Glum-mong in the Saxon signifies twilight, a dark or dubious light, and the modern word gloomy is derived from the Saxon word glum. Back.
19. forwynd, dry, sapless. Back.
20. church-glebe-house, the grave. Back.
21. asshrewed, accursed, unfortunate. Back.
22. kiste, coffin. Back.
23. dortoure, a sleeping room. Back.
24. forswat, sun-burnt. Back.
25. smethe, smoke. Back.
26. drenche, drink. Back.
27. pall, a contraction from appall, to fright. Back.
28. flott, fly. Back.
29. levynne, lightning. Back.
30. smothe, steam, or vapours. Back.
31. lowings, flames. Back.
32. clymmynge, noisy. Back.
33. cheves, moves. Back.
34. embollen, swelled, strengthened. Back.
35. gallard, frighted. Back.
36. braste, burst. Back.
37. chapournette, a small round hat, not unlike the shapournette in heraldry, formerly worn by ecclesiastics and lawyers. Back.
38. pencte, painted. Back.
39. aynewarde tolde his bederoll, he told his beads backwards, a figurative expression to signify cursing. Back.
40. mist, poor, needy. Back.
41. cope, cloak. Back.
42. autremete, a loose white robe, worn by Priests. Back.
43. loverds, lord's. Back.
44. horse-millanare, I believe this trade is still in being, though but seldom employed. Back.
45. faitour, a beggar or vagabond. Back.
46. jape, a short surplice, worn by Friars of an inferiour class, and secular priests. Back.
47. halline, joy. Back.
48. eathe, ease. Back.
49. nete, nought. Back.
50. unhailie, unhappy. Back.
51. semecope, a short under-cloke. Back.
52. gloure, glory. Back.
53. mittee, mighty. Back.