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DIMEV 261
IMEV 139
NIMEV 139
Alas alas and alas why / hath fortune done so cruelly
The distressed lover — six quatrains
Subjects: lover’s, lament; lovers, absence/separation of
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], ff. 137v-138
First Lines:
Alas alas and Alas why
hath fortune done so crewelly
ffro me to take awey þe seyte
Of þat þat gewit my hert lyte…
Last Lines:
…Wyt oute faynyng of my hert
Thow I fele neuer soo grete smert
Note: Follows 3822.
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 156-7.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 31.