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I have great marvel of a bird
On an unfaithful mistress — in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain, ‘alas þat euer sho was unkynd’
Subjects: lovers, unfaithful
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 133, f. 122v
First Lines:
I haue grete maruell off a bryd
That with my luff ys went a way
She byldes hyr in a noþer sted
Ther ffore I more both nyght & day…
Last Lines:
…A las þat euer sho was vnkynd
A las qui ys þat bryd [ ]
[ ] I went [ ] luff [ ]
Note: 18 lines, added to the last leaf of the MS by a later hand; ends imperfectly (torn).
Editions:
Woolley, Reginald Maxwell. Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Lincoln Cathedral Chapter Library. London: Milford, 1927: 95-6.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature in Old and Middle English.” Leeds Studies in English 5 (1936): 1-49: 37.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 177-8.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 147.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 488.