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Menstralcy, minstrelly, mufcal performance.
Ment, I, 110, knew ?
Meny, attendants, servants.

Menyé, I, 9, family, household, domesticks, attendants, servants.

Merlyon, III, 177, merlin, a species of hawk: emerillon, F.

Mess, I, 131, mass.

Mese, the messes, dishes, dinner, or arrangement of the table.

Meselle, a leper.
Mester, mystery, busyness i mestier, F.
Meteles, meatless.
Mette, mate.
Mewse, to mufe, or meditate.
Mid, Mide, Myd, with. Mitte, with thee.
Misforschapen, misshapeën.
Mister. See Myster.
Mo, Moo, more.
Mody, moody.
Moght, might.

Mold, Molde, I, 42, mould, earth ; allso, head, or crown of the head, as in 210, V.940:

Sche hadde a croune upon her molde,
Of ryche stones and of golde,

That lofsom lemede lyght :" Mister Ellis, indeed, has been pleased to put this construction and punctuation upon these lines, with the utmost violation of sense and reason:

. “Sche hadde a crounne upon her, molde. . Of ryche stones and of gold, . !

That lovesoine lemed lygt:” as if Molde were the verb moulded, or model’d; of which, it is believe'd, no parallel passage can be produce'd from any ancient poet : but whether or not, it is, certainly, not fo in this instance; as wil be manifested by several fimiLar or appofite passageës, as, for example, from Lybeaus disconus, V. 841, 877, and 2083:

“ A fercle upon her molde,
Of stones and of golde,

The best yn that enpyre."
“ A fercle upon her molde,
Of stones and of golde,

With many a juall."
When the lady was come to towne,
Of golde and ryche stones a krowne,

Upon her hedde was sette.Again : Allready, in Launfal, V. 238: “ coronell on kur hedd fett."

Hur heddys were dyght well withalle,
Everych had oon a jolyf coronall

With fyxty semmys and mo.
3o, in The Squyr of lowe degre, V.719:

“Ye ware the pery on your head,

With stones full oryent, whyte and read.Again

" Farewell crown unto my hede." Again, in Sir Orpheo, V. 147:

" The king had a crowne on his hede,
It was no felver ne gold rede,

All it was of precious stone."
Molde is stil apply'd by nurseës to the form of a childs
Skul. Other synonims for head are cawl, choll, costard,
jowl, nowl, poll.

Mon, muß.
Monhede, manhood.

Moni falde, I, 25, many fold. Mornyng, mourning Mote, might, may. Mote, I, 140, moot, contend. Mountance, Mountawnse, Mountenaunce (III, 165), amount, Space of time it would take to walk or ride. Chaucer has, likewise, mountance; but, in Syr Tryamour, it is mountenaunce :

He had not ryden but a whyle,

Not the mountenaunce of a myle.''
Mowne, may.
Moyles, mules.
Munstral, minstrel.
Munt, II, 124, mind.
Muscadell, a French wine.
Mustre, II, 290, minster.'
Mut, might.

Myddyllerd, Mydle-erde, I, 161, the earth, world, or globe.

Mykel, much.
Myld, II, 94, mercyful.
Myn owe, mine own.
Myn, Mynne, less.

Mynge, II, 243, himself reminded, or mention made: mụnzian, S.

Mynt, 1, 35, 144, threaten'd, aim'd, attempted. Mynt, 1, 110, threat, attempt, aim. Myrght, mirth. Myslikeing, Myslykyng, dislike, or disgust. Mysrede, misadvise, mistetch. Myssay, to belye, wrong, or say what is amiss. Myster, I, 33,-Mystyr, need, want. Nakette, II, 208, 210. Nakyn, no kind of. VOL. III.


Name, Namm, Nom, Nome, took.

Nanes, 1, 47, for the nanes, for the nonce, for the purpose, or occafon; pro nunc, L.

Nast, (ne haft,) haft thou not.
Nay, neigh.
Neeve, III, 69, neif, fift, or clafp'd hand.
Neghed, nighd, drew near.
Neght, nigh.
Nell, wil not.
Nempne, name. Nempnede, name'd.
Nere, were not.
Nerre, nearer.
Nese, a nose.
Nessche ne harde, II, 63, Soft nor hard: nere, S.
Nete, an ox.
Nevyn, name. Nevys, names.

Ney, eye. This, and fimilar words, are corrupted by changeing the situation of the final n of the precedeing word; as my ney, for instance, or a newt, a nothe, instead of myn ey, an ewt, or an othe; and others, by removeing the first letter of the second word to the end of the first, as an apron, an ouche, both which would be properly writen a napron, a nouche, as they are in the original Frenck.

Nobillary, I, 150, nobleness, nobility.
Nolde, ne wolde, would not.
Nome, name.
Nomeliche, namely.
Nones, Noonys, nonce, purpose, occafion. See Nanes.
Noon, none.
Noonré, a nunry.
Nortour, nurture.
Not, ne wot, wot not, know not.

Noth, Nothe, oath.
Nouthe, II, 7, now; 273, nothing.
Nower, no where.
Nowther, neither.
Noyes, noise, grief, lamentation.
Nully, II, 138, ne wili, i wil not.
Nufte, Nyste, wist not, knew not.
Nuthake, III, 147, nuthatch, nut-jober, wood-cracker.
Nycke, neck.
Nyghyng, approaching, drawing near.
Nys, nice, foolish: niais, F.

Nythyng, II, 99, a wicked or good for nothing-man, an outlaw or vagabond.

Occient, occident, west ; much more probable than ocean.
Odoun, down, or adown.
Odur, Odyr, other, others.
Ofte-sithes, oft-times.
Ogains, against.
Ogayne, again.
Oght, owe'd, own'd.
Ohtoun, II, 148.
Olyfant, elephant.
Olyroun. See the note on Launfal, V, 1023. .
Olyve, alive, life.
Omell, among
On, one.
Onane, anon.
Onde, II, 313, hate, hatred.
Oo, Oon, one.
Oolde, old.
Oones, once.
Oost, hoft.

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