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I am sorry for her sake
A Lover’s sad plight — three quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘Care away, away, away / Murnynge away / Y am forsake another ys take / No more murne yc may’
Note: For a similar burden cf. 371.
Subjects: carols, amorous; lover’s lament
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 130, f. i
Transcription:
yhc iam so sory for here [?sake (hole in the MS)]
y may welle ete drynke
wan i slepe i may nat wake
So miche on ir i þenke
Care awey
Ic am i brot in siche bale [torn away] siche pu[edge]
Wan ic arise up of mi bed m[torn away] ol to d[edge]
Yc ham i brut in sich a tu[hole in MS] ibrot
Wan i hane ryt[hole in MS]ud win mi lyc dryc no
Care way awey awey mor nyg awa
Note: Number 14; with burden: ‘Care awey awey awey stylle(?) murnyg awey
ic am for sake anoþir i tak [ hole ] awey mornig awey’.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 68b
First Lines:
I am sory for her sake
þat may wel ete & drynke…
Last Lines:
…Wanne yc haue rythe god wyne
me liste drynk non ale
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 317; 1977, 288-9.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 34-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 167.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 128.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 154.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 112.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 84.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 40.