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DIMEV 2152
I complain me sore when I remember me
Advice to follow virtue in youth — eleven eight-line stanzas
Note: Noted in Reimer (1998), 16.
Subjects: abuses of the age; complaints, on the evils of the time; counsel, moral; youth, warnings about
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.4.9, ff. 85-86
First Lines:
I complayne me sore whan I remembre me
The sodayn ahe þat vppon me is falle
More I complayne my myspent Iuuente
The wiche is impossible ayein to kalle…
Last Lines:
…To yeve vs myght to ben vertuous
And of þis seringe herkyn houw my mayster seyd
Note: Second stanza only six lines, ababbc; fourth stanza may begin separate poem, ‘My maystris dere why I þis complaynt write’ (f. 85).