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Little wot it any man / how derne love may stand
The Way of Woman’s Love — five 8-line stanzas (ababccdd) including 2-line refrain, ‘Ever and o for my leof ich am in grete thoghte / I thenche on hire þat I ne seo nout ofte’
Note: For religious version see 3137.
Title(s): The Way of Woman’s Love
Subjects: women; love
Versification: — eight-line — ababccdd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 128r2-128v
First Lines:
Lutel wot hit anymon
hou derne loue may stonde
bote hit were a frewymmon
þat muche of loue had fonde…
Last Lines:
…ase sterres beþ in welkne ant graces sour ant suete
Whose loueþ vntrewe his herte is selde seete
Euer & oo etc.
Note: First four lines of each stanza written two lines of verse per line of MS.
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 113-14.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 178-9.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 162+3.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 71-2.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 55-6.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 134-6.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 94-5.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 37.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 6, no. 93.