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A dear God have I deserved this / This dear destiny to dread
To his mistress — seven 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘That ons was leffe lette neuer be lothe’
Note: The refrain appears as a proverb in Rylands Lat. 394, f. 3v, pr. Pantin (1930) (at p. 94)
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; complaints, lovers’
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 130v
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 133-35.
Kurvinen, Auvo. “MS. Porkington 10. Description with Extracts.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 54 (1953): 33-67: 53-55.