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Alas alas that I was born
The Sinner’s Lament, a tag usually in the Fasciculus morum, Version A
Note: Foster (1940), 31A; for another version in Fasciculus morum, see 265.
Subjects: sinner, lament of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 160ra
Transcription:
Alas alas þat y was born
for dom with dom y am for lorn
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 39
Transcription:
Alas Alas þat I was born
for dom by dom I am for lorn
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 171
Transcription:
Alas Alas that euer I was boren
Body and soule I am forloren
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 55v
Transcription:
Alas alas þat y was borne
for dome by dome y am forlorne
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 109v
Transcription:
Alas alas þat I was born
Both lyfe & sowle I am for lorn
Note: Second occurrence in MS; written as prose.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 47va
Transcription:
alas alas þat y was borne
ffor dome wyt dome I am forlorne
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 69v
Transcription:
Alas alas þat I was boren
For dome with dome I am for loren
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 172.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 47v
Transcription:
Alas alas þat I was borne
for dome with dome I am for lorne
9.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 83v
Transcription:
Alas alas that I was borne
for dome with dome I am for lorne
10.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 187va
Transcription:
Alas alas þat y wos borne
ffor dome wyþ dome þus arn for lorne
11.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 205ra
Transcription:
Alas alas þat I was born
for dom with dome þus arn for lorne
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
12.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 74
Transcription:
Allas allas þat I was borne
for dome with dome I am forlorne
Note: Written as prose.
13.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 189ra
Transcription:
Allas alas þat y was boryn
for dome with dome y am forlorn
Note: Written as prose.
14.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.126, f. 28
Note: Not in Fasciculus morum; written as prose in a Latin prose sermon.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “The Gay Carol and Exemplum.” Neuphilologische Mitteilunge 77 (1976): 85-91: 90.
15.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 41v