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A solitary sore complaining
John Lydgate, ‘A Complaint for my Lady of Gloucester and Holland’
— eighteen rhyme royal stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Complaint for my Lady of Gloucester and Holland’
Subjects: complaints; Humphrey, duke of Gloucester; Jacqueline of Hainault
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943)
, ff. 57-58v
A Solytarye ful sore compleyninge
Hevy sate weeping on a Ryver
Yeeris and dayes over awaytinge
Whiche with gode hope did evermore
…That clere trouth may þanne shewe his face
wychche and bawde far aweye to chace
Note: Lines 1-110 only; ends imperfectly due to loss of a folio.
Attributed Author: Complainte made by Lydegate… (RT); a Chapellayne of my lordes of
Gloucester Humfrey (f. 57)
Attributed Title: Complainte made by Lydegate Of my ladye of Gloucester & Holand (RT);
…and nexst foloweþe a Pytous complaynte of a Chapellayne of my lordes
of Gloucester Humfrey etc. whome god assoyle þat noble Prynce (f.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)
, pp. 363-367
A solytarye soore compleynyng
Sat weping by a water syde
and dayes awayting
Which with goode hope dyd aye abyde…
…Of hye and lowe to reken alle
Hir godsone after hire doþe
Note: Marginal note beside line 1: ‘Complaynte for my lady Jaquyt or
Jacomy of holand & cetera wyffe to humfrey duke of glosestar home þe
sayd humfrey wngodly maryed she beynge þe lawfull wyffe of John duke of
brabaunte & besyde her he all so kepte þe company of othar a mongste
þe whiche was one Elianor Chobham who by sorsere & withe craftes causyd
hym to leave þe sayd Jaquyl of holand & to marie her þe sayd
Elianowr who afftar was a traytoresse to kynge henry þe vi’ (f.
Attributed Title: Complaynte for þe departing Of my ladye of Holond (RT, 363-367); Here
bygynneþe a complaynte of a solitarye persone compleyning þabsence of
þe moste renomed and best beloued pryncesse þat euer of hire estate in
þeos dayes came in to þis Reaume of logres by þe weye of mariage
and so sodeynly vnordynatly departed hens as hit is sayde and spouken in many
Regyouns by þe hegheste estates þer (p. 363)
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott.
“Lydgate and the Duchess of Gloucester.”
27 (1904): 381-98: 393-7.
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 608-13.