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Alas what ruleth the bridle rein
An alphabetical poem — seventy-eight lines in 19 stanzas of varying length, each line of a stanza beginning with same word, with ‘Wo worth’ anaphora; some stanzas (like that for ‘q’) in Latin
Subjects: alphabetic poems; advice
Versification: — four-line, seven-line, two-line — abab, ababbcc, aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Nottingham, Nottingham University Library Middleton Dc 7 [olim Wollaton Hall, Register of Abbey of Burton-on-Trent], front cover, recto and verso
First Lines:
Alas wat rulythe the Brydle rayne
Alas that I louyd so counsystence
Alas tym past may not returne agayn
Alas that I lost al by neglygence…
Last Lines:
…Wo worth the buyere that [ ] sayth
wo worth those [ ]stet that s[ ]th can
Note: Provenance: ‘A Regestre of [ ] belonging to the Abby of Burton upon Trent made 1474 by Thomas Felde Abbot’ (front cover, recto).
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton, [formerly] preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire. (1911): 267-8.