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Greater matter of dole and heaviness
John Lydgate, A Complaint for lack of mercy — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Complaint for lack of mercy
Subjects: complaints
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], ff. 152v-153
First Lines:
Grettere mater of dol an heuynesse
Nor more cause haith no man to complayne
Than y alas with langwysche yn sekenesse
And at myn herte abyde the dedely payne…
Last Lines:
…I nere but ded pleynely þis is no fable
With oute recure for lacke of mercy
Note: Followed without a break by 5713.
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, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 381-2.