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In a valley of this restless mind
A Complaint of Christ — sixteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with the refrain, ‘Quia amore langueo
Subjects: Christ, complaint to man
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 44v-47
First Lines:
In the valle of restles mynd
I sowght in mownteyn & in mede…
Last Lines:
…thy mede is markyd whan thow art mort
in blysse Quia amore langueo
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 150-9; rev. ed. 180-9.
Bennett, Henry Stanley, ed. Quia amore Langueo. London: Faber and Faber, 1937.
Nicholson, Daniel Howard Sinclair, ed. The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1916, et seq: 6-10.
Cecil, Lord David. The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1940: 25-9.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 1.30-4.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 88-93.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 357-91.
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 7-14
First Lines:
IN a veley of þis restles mynde
I souȝte in mounteyne & in myde
Trustynge a tewe loue for to fynde
Vpon an hil þan y took hede…
Last Lines:
…In wele & in woo y am ay to supporte
Myn owne wyf go not me fro
Þi meede is markid whatn þou art mort
Quia amore langueo
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 15-4.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 23-6 (12 st. only).
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 291-3 (10 st. only).
Fein, Susanna Greer. Moral Love Songs and Laments. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998.