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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lay, n.2 Also: laye. [ME. lai, lay(e, OF. lai.] A lay, a poem for singing, a song. (Only in verse.) c1409-1436 Kingis Q. lxxxv.
The poetis that the sciencis knewe … of lufe in thaire suete layes
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. ii. 274.
This lay was red in oppin audience Of the musis
Id. Æn. x. iv. 73.
Quhil that he sang and playt, as hym behwyt The dolly tonys and lays lamentabill
Ib. xii. Prol. 195.
For amorus lays doith the rochys ryng
1662 Forbes Cantus (ed. 1666) xxv.
Like as the lark … With piteous voice doth chirk her yeelding lay
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 38.
[Poets] That ballattis breuis lustellie and layis, Quhilks tyll our prince daylie thay do present
c1590 Fowler I. 82/147.
Betuix sa manye scalding sighs and havie layes of woe

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