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I which that am sorrowfullest man
An Amorous Complaint (Compleint Damours), sometimes attributed to Chaucer — thirteen stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Compleint Damours
Subjects: complaints, lovers’
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 212-214
First Lines:
I which that am the sorwefullist man
That in this worlde was euyr yit leuynge…
Last Lines:
…And yit wull I euyrmore hir serue
And loue hir best although she do me sterue
Attributed Author: be me humffrey fflemyng (after Explicit, not in scribe’s hand)
Attributed Title: Complaynt Demowre (f. 212 and RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 197-198v
First Lines:
I whiche that am the sorwfullest man
That in this worlde was euer yet lyvinge…
Last Lines:
…And yet wol I euer more hir serue
And loue hir best al thogh she do me sterue
Attributed Title: Complaynt Damours (f. 197)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 136ra-136rb
First Lines:
I which þat am þe sorowfullest man
Þat in this worlde was euere yit leving…
Last Lines:
…And yit wolle I euermore hir serve
And love hir best all thowhe sheo do me sterue
Attributed Title: And next folowyng begynnith an amorowse / compleynte made at wyndesore in the laste / May to fore nouembre (f. 135vb, rubric)
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William. “Two More Poems by Chaucer.” Academy 33 (No. 834, 28 April 1888): 292, 307: 307.
Skeat, Walter William. “Two More Poems by Chaucer.” Academy 33 (No. 834, 28 April 1888): 292, 307: 1.411-14.
Marshall, Isabel, and Lela Porter. Ryme-Index to the manuscript texts of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 80 (1889): 218.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 636-7; 1957; 540-1.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 658-9.