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A mercy fortune have pity on me
A complaint against Fortune — three stanzas rhyme royal with 2-line refrain
Subjects: Fortune, complaint against; complaints
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 178
First Lines:
A mercy fortune haue pitee on me
And thynke that þu hast done gretely amysse
To parte asondre them whiche ought to be
Alwey in on why hast þu doo thus…
Last Lines:
…Then torne thy whele And be my frynde a gayn
And sende me Ioy where I am nowe in payn
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “An English Friend of Charles d’Orleáns.” PMLA 26 (1911): 142-180: 180.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 262.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 243.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 10.