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In my youth full wild I was
‘I wiyte my silf myn owne woo’ — eighteen 8-line stanzas with this refrain
Note: See 5560.
Title(s): ‘I wiyte my silf myn owne woo’
Subjects: advice; sinners; virtues
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), ff. 18v-19
Editions:
Louis, Cameron, ed. The Commonplace Book of Robert Reynes of Acle: an edition of Tanner MS 407. New York: Garland, 1980: 183.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 71-72v
First Lines:
In my youth full wylde I was
My self þat tyme I cowde not knowe…
Last Lines:
…love þy lorde and thynke on þis
Or wite þy self þyn owne woo
Note: Omits stanzas 10-16 and 18.
Editions:
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 57-9.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 108rb-108vb
First Lines:
In my ȝowþe full wylde y was
My self þat tyme kowþe I not knowe
I wolde haue my wyll in euery place
nd þat hath browȝte me now full lowe…
Last Lines:
…ffor to haue so gode an ende
That we mowe amende our wo
Note: Omits stanzas 14-l6. Begins with a two-line introduction incorporating the refrain, ‘I may say & so may mo / I wyte my sylfe myne owene woo’ before first line; ends ‘Explicit’ beneath last line, f. 108vb.
Attributed Title: Myn owene woo (in upper margin of f. 108 above col. b and as RT on f. 108v); mine owne woo (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.197-200.
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 226-233
First Lines:
IN my ȝonge age ful wielde y was
Mi silf þat tyme cowde y not knowe
Y wolde haue my wil in euery place
& þat haþ now brouȝt me ful lowe…
Last Lines:
…And sende ys grace so to amende
His blisse þat we may come vnto
Heere to make so good an eende
þat wee not cause oure owne woo
Deo gracias
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 35-9.