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He then says that he walks to the window and he hears the cheerful song of the nightingale and presently sees a lady with whom he falls in love at first sight:
“And therewith kest I down myn eye ageyne,
Quhare as I saw, walking under the toure,
Full secretly new cummyn hir to pleyne,
The fairest or the freschest yonge floure
That ever I sawe, me thoght, before that houre,
For quhich sodayn abate, anon astert
The blude of all my body to my hert.”
The poem consists of 197 stanzas of seven lines each, relating invocations of classical goddesses, with whose encouragement he is in the end successful in his suit.
The lady was Joan Beaufort.