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In the first week of the season of May
’A Lytel Treatyse called the Dysputacyon or Complaynt of the Heart thorughe perced with the Lokynge of the Eye’ — 103 eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: For French original cf. Le Debat du cueur et de l’oeil, in London, British Library Royal 19 A.III, ff. 29-41v; and Le Jardin de Plaisance, c. 1501; facs. #SATF; and cf. Wright (1841), 310.
Title(s): ’A Lytel Treatyse called the Dysputacyon or Complaynt of the Heart thorughe perced with the Lokynge of the Eye’
Subjects: debates; love, courts of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 258, ff. 102-119
First Lines:
[I]n the first weke of the sason of May
Whan the wodes be couered al in grene…
Last Lines:
…Shal gete than to loue for him I pray
That to al his desires he may attayne
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “The Eye and the Heart.” Anglia 34 (1911): 235-65: 237-65.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 6915. A lytell treatyse called the dysputacyon or the complaynte of the herte through perced with the lokyng of the eye, de Worde, [1516?]
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.331 (first stanza only).