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A wale white as whales bone
A Lover’s Torments — fifty-five lines in 6-line stanzas, reconstructed as eight 6-line stanzas with 5-line refrain
Note: lover’s, lament
Versification: — six-line — aaabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 67
First Lines:
A wayle whyt ase whalles bon
A grein in golde þat godly shon…
Last Lines:
…Bituene hire curtel ant hire smok
Y wolde ben hy
Note: Written as prose with virgules marking line breaks.
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 38-40.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 161.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 161-2.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 40-1.
Degginger, Stuart H. L. “‘A wayle whyt ase whalles bon’-Reconstructed.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 53 (1954): 84-90: 84-5 (text), 88-90 (reconstruction).
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 472 (reconstructed text).
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 80-2.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 117-19.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 117-20.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 28-30.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 36.