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Complain ne could ne might mine heart never
‘A Balade of Compleynte’, associated with Chaucer — three stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘A Balade of Compleynte’
Subjects: complaints
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, f. 256v
First Lines:
Compleyne ne koude ne might myn heart neuer
My peynes halue ne what turment I haue…
Last Lines:
…I yowe beseche myne heryes ladye here
Sith I yowe serve and so wil yere by yere
Attributed Title: Balade of compleynte (f. 256v)
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William. “Two More Poems by Chaucer.” Academy 33 (No. 834, 28 April 1888): 292, 307: 292.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.415.
Marshall, Isabel, and Lela Porter. Ryme-Index to the manuscript texts of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 80 (1889): 222.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 638-9; 1957; 542.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 660.