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DIMEV 2214
IMEV 1328.3
NIMEV 1328.3
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
Note: Cf. 1893, 4798.
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — monorhyme — aaaaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
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
First Lines:
I loue and y dare noutȝt
y þenke and y sey nouȝt…
Last Lines:
…And be meke & stylle
and þu shalt haue all þy wylle
Note: Six lines all ending ‘nouȝt’ plus one couplet at end; written two lines of verse per line of MS.
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “A Middle English Medical Manuscript from Norwich.” Studies in Medieval Literature in Honor of Professor Albert Cross Baugh. MacEdward Leach, ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1961: 285-98: 286.