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DIMEV 2191.5
NIMEV 1313.55
I have to a seemly that I beset send mine sond selly set
One monorhymed quatrain (or two monorhymed quatrains) of alliterative verse, about the sending of a gift to a beloved.
Subjects: lyrics; love; gift



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 499, f. 67
Transcription:
I haue to a semly that i bi sete
send mine sonde selliche set
þat is brithure in bur þen basote ant bete
yif that burde haues broken best is to bete
godli greythet vnder gere wid gomen i the grete
geynes noth for a gab grimeli to grete
þe laic of that leuedy me is loth lete
hire loue is ful lefly in lond as I Lete
Note: Added to the margin of a Latin manuscript. Written as prose, with ‘diffra’ to the left.
Editions:
Pickering, Oliver S. “Newly Discovered Secular Lyrics from Later Thirteenth-Century Cheshire.” Review of English Studies n.s. 43 (1992): 157-80: 165-6.