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DIMEV 2235
IMEV 2232
NIMEV 2232
I never saw joy like to that sight
A description of his mistress — three quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘My dere an dese þat so fayr ys / Of lufe gentyl & fre / I kwn not ly, wiþowtyn lese / My lady lele best lyks me’
Note: Formerly 2232.
Subjects: carols, amorous
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 100, f. 2v
First Lines:
I saw neuer ioy lyk to that sight
os my fair lady scheun…
Last Lines:
…alas scho dos me tray & teen
I may noght with her met
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 145.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 72.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 269.