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DIMEV 2232
I ne may come to my lief but by the water
A dance-song refrain — three lines
Subjects: songs; fragments
Versification: — three-line — abb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.64, f. 8
Transcription:
I ne may cume to mi lef bute by þe watere
Wanne me lust slepen þanne moti wakie
Wnder is þat Hi liuie
Editions:
Floyer, John Kestell, and Sidney Graves Hamilton. Catalogue of Manuscripts Preserved in the Chapter Library of Worcester Cathedral. Oxford: for the Worcester Historical Society, by James Parker, 1906: 30-1.
Dickins, Bruce. “Two Worcester Fragments of Middle English Secular Lyric.” Leeds Studies in English 4 (1935): 44-6: 44-6.