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DIMEV 2149
I cannot stay my hasty pen
The lost Rose, a lover’s lament, c. 1550 — nine quatrains (abab) lacking opening words
Subjects: lover’s lament
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Vet. El. c.65 (Bede, Tomus Tercius, 1521), f. 336v
First Lines:
[I canno]t staye my hastye pen
[B]ut that yt will declare
The greeffe my harte onceived then
When flowers waxed bare…
Last Lines:
…Then shall we rest with Rose in ioye
for ever with the Lord
Note: Last folio, verso.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod w. h.