Friday, February 14, 2014

Medieval Valentine's Day Terms of Endearments

Wish to distinguish your Valentine's Day compliments and endearments from the riffraff? How about polishing up your knowledge of Middle English? The Clerk of Oxford offers two lists here and here.

After reading those posts, you should be able to put something like this together:

myn lykyng, of alle women fairest to behold — the one I delight in, [you] are the fairest of all women to behold


dearling, my sweet leof — darling, my sweet life


This hevy lif I lede, lo, for your sake
Thogh ye therof in no wyse hede take,
Myn hertes lady and hool my lyves quene.