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DIMEV 1066
Complain we may much is amiss
On the wickedness of the world — sixteen cross-rhymed quatrains
Subjects: evils of the time; contemporary conditions; prayers, to Christ
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], ff. 57v-58v
First Lines:
Complayne we maye miche ys a mise
helpe ys ny gon to haue redresse…
Last Lines:
…our crokydnes þu canst make Ryght
glory to þe father for euer Amen
Note: Printed Tottel’s Miscellany, 2nd ed. 1557 (Rollins (1965), 1.232-4).
Attributed Title: totus mundus in maligno est positus (f. 57v)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. “Introduction.” The Winchester Anthology. A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577. With an account of the music by Iain Fenlon. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981.