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IMEV 158.6
NIMEV 158.6
Alas poor man what chance have I
Secret love — two quatrains
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 316B, f. 114
First Lines:
Alas poor man what chans havy
þat must for bar whom y love best
y trow yt be my desteny…
Last Lines:
…Soo wold yow say in yowr good harte
yff that suches payns yow ded in dewr
Note: Added to flyleaf at end by a later hand of the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries; followed by another line of English, ‘Trv lool[?] vetew & tru loue kyepe…’, possibly beginning of a third stanza.
Editions:
Mynors, Roger Aubrey Baskerville, ed. Catalogue of Manuscripts in Balliol College Library. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 334.