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Menstralcy, minstrelly, mufcal performance.
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.
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,
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,
The best yn that enpyre."
With many a juall."
Upon her hedde was sette.” Again : Allready, in Launfal, V. 238: “ coronell on kur hedd fett."
“ Hur heddys were dyght well withalle,
With fyxty semmys and mo.”
“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,
All it was of precious stone."
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.''
Myddyllerd, Mydle-erde, I, 161, the earth, world, or globe.
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.
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.
Noth, Nothe, oath.
Nythyng, II, 99, a wicked or good for nothing-man, an outlaw or vagabond.
Occient, occident, west ; much more probable than ocean.