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Alas I woeful creature
John Lydgate, ‘A Gentlewoman’s Lament’ — seven 8-line stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 99.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Gentlewoman’s Lament’
Subjects: lovers’ laments; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 152-154
First Lines:
Allas I wooful creature
Lyving betweene hope and dreed
Howe might I þe woo endure
In tendrenesse of wommanhede…
Last Lines:
…To haue hooly my Remembraunce
On his persone so mychil I thynke
Attributed Author: Lidegate (RT, 152-154)
Attributed Title: And here begynneþe a balade sayde by a gentil womman whiche loued a man of gret estate (p. 152); A Womans Compleynte made by Lidegate (RT, 152-154)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 418-20.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 160-161
First Lines:
Allas I wofull creature
lyuinge betwene hope and dred
how mighte I the woo endure
in tendernesse of womanhede…
Last Lines:
…to haue holy my remembraunce
on hys persone so mychill I thynke
Note: Ends ‘funis’ (f. 161).
Attributed Author: lidgate (f. 160)
Attributed Title: And here begynneth a balade sayde by a gentillwoman which loued a man of gret estate made by lidgate (f. 160)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 250v-251v
First Lines:
Allas woful creature
Lyveng betwene hope and drede…
Last Lines:
…Is whether that I wake of wynke
To have holy my Remembraunce
On his persone so mochil I thynk
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 220-2.