Let the Cock's Comb Be Red

*Red Book of Hergest V*

Let the cock’s comb be red; naturally loud

Be his voice, from his triumphant bed:

Man’s rejoicing, God will recommend.

Let the swineherds be merry at the sighing

Of the wind; let the silent be graceful;

Let the vicious be accustomed to misfortune.

Let the bailiff impeach; let evil be a tormentor

Let clothes be fitting;

He that loves a bard, let him he a handsome giver.

Let a monarch be vehement, and let him be brave;

And let there be a hurdle on the gap;

He will not show his face that will not give.

Fleet let the racers be on the side

Of the mountain; let care be in the bosom;

Unfaithful let the inconstant be.

Let the knight be conspicuous; let the thief be wary;

The rich woman may be deceived;

The friend of the wolf is the lazy shepherd.

Let the knight be conspicuous: fleet be the horse;

Let the scholar be ambitious;

Let the prevaricating one be unfaithful.

Let cows be round-backed; let the wolf be gray;

Let the horse over barley be swift;

Like gossamer will he press the grain at the roots.

Let the deaf be bent; let the captive be heavy;

Nimble the horse in battles;

Like gossamer will he press the grain the ground.

Let the deaf be dubious; let the rash be inconstant;

Let the mischievous wrangle;

The prudent need but be seen to be loved.

Let the lake be deep; let the spears be sharp;

Let the brow of the sick be bold at the shout of war;

Let the wise be happy-God commends him.

Let the exile wander;

Let the brave be impulsive;

Let the fool be fond of laughter.

Let the furrows be wet; let bail be frequent;

Let the sick be complaining, and the one in health merry;

Let the lapdog snarl; let the hag be peevish.

Let him that is in pain cry out; let an army be moving;

Let the well-fed be wanton;

Let the strong be bold; let the hill be icy.

Let the gull be white; let the wave be loud;

Let the gore be apt to clot on the ashen spear;

Let the ice be gray; let the heart be bold.

Let the camp be green; let the suitor be reproachless;

Let there be pushing of spears in the defile;

Let the bad woman be with frequent reproaches.

Let the hen be clawed; let the lion roar;

Let the foolish be pugnacious;

Let the heart be broken with grief.

Let the tower be white; let the harness glitter;

Let there be beauty-many will desire it;

Let the glutton hanker; let the old man mediate.