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DIMEV 2370
IMEV 1418.5
NIMEV see 3327/Selections 9 (ii)
If it be so that ye so cruel be
A love complaint — five stanzas rhyme royal adapted from Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (5248): Book II: 337-51, 778-84, 785-91, 855-61
Note: Cf. also 4085.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Troilus and Criseyde
Subjects: complaints, lovers’
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 91r3
First Lines:
yff yt be so that ye so creuel be
that off my death yow lysteth nowght to retch…
Last Lines:
…dyffamen loue as nothyng off hym knowe
they speken but they bente never hys bowe
Editions:
Muir, Kenneth. “Unpublished Poems in the Devonshire MS.” Proc. Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society 6 (1944-52): 253-82: 279-80.