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DIMEV 2101
IMEV 1269.5
NIMEV C16
I am a woman I may be bold
A wanton’s desires — five couplets and a 10-line heading, abbreviated in repetition as pseudo-burden
Note: Cf. 2145.
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; women, satire directed against; love, carnal, evils of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 105v
First Lines:
If I be wanton I wotte well why I wole fayn tary another year
My wanton war shall walk for me shall walk for me…
Last Lines:
…If I were wedded I wold be glade
as for the sowrowe þat haue hade
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Weitere Beiträge zur englischen Lyric des 15 und 16 Jahrhunderts.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 107 (1901): 48-61: 58.
Plummer, John F. “The Woman’s Song in Middle English and its European Backgrounds.” In Vox Feminae: Studies in Medieval Woman’s Song. Studies in Medieval Culture. John F. Plummer, ed. XV. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1981: 135-54: 147 (burden only).