The Ingoldsby Legends, by Thomas Ingoldsby

As I Laye a-Thynkynge.

The Last Lines of Thomas Ingoldsby.

As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge,

Merrie sang the Birde as she sat upon the spraye;

There came a noble Knyghte,

With his hauberke shynynge brighte,

And his gallant heart was lyghte,

Free and gaye;

As I lay a-thynkynge, he rode upon his waye.

As I lay a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge,

Sadly sang the Birde as she sat upon the tree!

There seem’d a crimson plain,

Where a gallant Knyghte laye slayne,

And a steed with broken rein

Ran free,

As I laye a-thynkynge, most pitiful to see!

As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge,

Merrie sang the Birde as she sat upon the boughe;

A lovely Mayde came bye,

And a gentil youth was nyghe,

And he breathed many a syghe

And a vowe;

As I laye a-thynkynge, her hearte was gladsome now.

As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge,

Sadly sang the Birde as she sat upon the thorne;

No more a Youth was there,

But a Maiden rent her haire,

And cried in sadde despaire,

‘That I was borne!’

As I laye a-thynkynge, she perished forlorne.

As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge,

Sweetly sang the Birde as she sat upon the briar;

There came a lovely childe,

And his face was meek and mild,

Yet joyously he smiled

On his sire;

As I laye a-thynkynge, a Cherub mote admire.

But I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge,

And sadly sang the Birde as it perch’d upon a bier;

That joyous smile was gone,

And the face was white and wan,

As the downe upon the Swan

Doth appear,

As I laye a-thynkynge — oh! bitter flow’d the tear!

As I laye a-thynkynge, the golden sun was sinking,

O merrie sang that Birde as it glitter’d on her breast

With a thousand gorgeous dyes,

While soaring to the skies,

‘Mid the stars she seem’d to rise,

As to her nest;

As I laye a-thynkynge, her meaning was exprest: —

‘Follow, follow me away,

It boots not to delay,’ —

’Twas so she seem’d to saye,

‘HERE IS REST!’

T.I.

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