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DIMEV 2581
IMEV 1531.5
NIMEV 1531.5
In sorry time my life is I-spent
The woebegone lover — six lines (possibly incomplete)
Subjects: lover’s laments
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office SC 2/175/41 [Court rolls of Hawkesbury (Gloucestershire), a manor of the Abbey of Pershore, Worcestershire], f. 1
Transcription:
In sory tyme my lyf is yspent
& euer so lengar more & more
& ȝut wel more but hyt amend
y may not liue y nam but lore
hure loue to lenun & y ne may
for sykurlyche y wot hyt wel…
Editions:
Stanley, Eric Gerald. “An Inedited Scrap of Middle English Verse from the West Midlands.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 60 (1959): 287-8: 287.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Middle English Lyrics: Handlist of New Texts.” Anglia 83 (1965): 35-47: 47.