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DIMEV 1201
Ere ne couth I sorrow none
The Prisoner’s Prayer — forty-four lines in stanzas of varying length, with their French equivalent (with music)
Note: Formerly 322.
Title(s): The Prisoner’s Prayer
Subjects: prayers, special occasions; prison/prisoners; songs
Versification: — six-line, eight-line — aabccb, ababcdcd, aaabcccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Corporation of London Records Office [formerly Guildhall] Liber de antiquis legibus, ff. 160v-161v
First Lines:
Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non
nu ich moot imane min mon…
Last Lines:
…that we mooten eye and o
habben the eeche blisse
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.274-5.
Ellis, Alexander J. “The Only English Proclamation of Henry III, 18 October 1258, and its Treatment by Former Editors and Translators, considered and illustrated…; to which are added editions of the Cuckoo Song and the Prisoner’s Prayer, lyrics of the XIIth century…; and a list of Obsolete Words in them.” “Part IX: Contemporary Songs.” Transactions of the Philological Society (1868): 1-135, esp. 97-107: 104-6.
Ellis, Alexander John, ed. On Early English Pronunciation. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 2 (1867), 7 (1869), 14 (1871), 23 (1874), repr. 1973; issued jointly by the Philological Society, the EETS, and the Chaucer Society [2nd ser. 1, 4-5, 25] London: Trübner; ed. note: with rare exceptions, entries from these volumes are identical; where variants occur, both editions are cited: 2.434-6.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 1.105-6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 10-13.
Gennrich, Friedrich. “Internationale mittelalterliche Melodien.” Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft 11 (1928): 259-96: 346.
Ekwall, Eilert. “An Early London Text.” Studier i Modern Språkvetenskap 17 (1949): 42-3.
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 6-9.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 216.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 14-15.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 110-11.