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I loved a child of this country
A Forsaken Maiden’s Lament — three quatrains with ‘For he is far’ refrain and burden: ‘Were it vndo that is ydo / I wold be war’
Title(s): A Forsaken Maiden’s Lament
Subjects: carols, amorous; laments; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 210
First Lines:
y louede a child of þis cuntre
& so y wende he had do me…
Last Lines:
…now y sykke & m[ ]ne stille
for he is fare
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 308; 1977, 277.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 17-18.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 166.
Tydeman, William, ed. English Poetry 1400-1580. London: Heinemann, 1970: 60.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 86.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 456.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 54.