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Alas woe shall mine heart slacken
Mary’s lament at the Cross — one 8-line stanza
Subjects: laments; Virgin Mary, lament of
Versification: — eight-line — aaabcccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 121v
First Lines:
Allas wo sal myn herte slaken
To Jon i am to warde taken…
Last Lines:
…ffor wane of wele my wo is waken
was neuere wif so wo
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Earliest Carols and the Franciscans.” Modern Language Notes 53 (1938): 239-45: 244.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 91; 219-20.