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For lack of sight great cause I have to pleyne
To his Mistress — eight 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘Of my desire that I may ce ryghte noghte’, and four-line envoy.
Note: Possibly originally a ‘triple ballade’.
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; envoys
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — abab, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173), ff. 74v-75v
First Lines:
For lak of sighte grete cause haue I to pleyne
longe absence so sore me werreyth…
Last Lines:
…Disdeyneth not but of godely hede
Haueth ther on mercy and pite
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1980.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], ff. 19-19v
First Lines:
for lac of sight grete cause I haue to pleyn
longe absense so sore me werreyth…
Last Lines:
…Disdeyneth not but of godely hede
haueth ther on mercy and pite
Note: 7 stanzas plus envoy
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. “Lydgatiana.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 127 (1911): 323-7: 323.
Cohen, Helen Louise. The Ballade. New York: Columbia UP, 1915: 287-9 (with st. 5 from Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173)).