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Grievous is my sorrow / Both even and morrow
A song of secular love-longing — fourteen 8-line stanzas including refrain phrase, ‘That unkyndnes haith kyllyd me’
Note: Includes ‘Wo worth’ anaphora; for a religious parody cf. 1670.
Subjects: lover’s lament; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — eight-line — aabbcded



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1584, ff. 85-87
First Lines:
Grevus ys my sorowe
Both evyne and moro…
Last Lines:
…Prey for this ded body
That your unkyndnes haith slayne
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Captain Cox., His Ballads and Books. Ballad Society 7 (1871); repr. New Shakespeare Society, 1890: clvi.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 2.?.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.70-3.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 214-7.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 185-7.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 283-7.