The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
I love and I dare not
Contrasts: eight monorhyming lines in two sets of semi-proverbial aphorisms,
one leading to frustration and the other to achievement
1.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B.21 [olim Phillipps 7008; Katherine Fenwick; Thomas FitzRoy Fenwick; Alan
George Fenwick; William H. Robinson Ltd., London; their sale, London, Sotheby’s,
July 17, 1950, lot 27; purchased for Curt F. Bühler at Sotheby’s (London,
Feb. 28, 1955, lot 169) by E.P. Goldschmidt, London]
, f. iii
I loue and y dare noutȝt
y þenke and y sey
…And be meke & stylle
and þu shalt haue all þy
Note: Six lines all ending ‘nouȝt’ plus one couplet at end;
written two lines of verse per line of MS.
“A Middle English Medical Manuscript from Norwich.”
Studies in Medieval Literature in Honor of Professor Albert Cross
MacEdward Leach, ed.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1961: 285-98: 286.