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DIMEV 3138
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Little wot it any man how true love bi-standeth
A song of the love of Our Lady — one stanza only
Note: For a similar piece on the love of Christ see 3137; for another piece on the love of women see 3136.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, love of



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 613, f. 2v
Transcription:
Litel uo it eniman on trewe loue bistodet
bute oure swete leuedi þat muchel þer of haud fondet
The love of hire hit lassted swthe longe
He oaweþ ws plist he wele hus underfonge
Owre mo is mi lif and ic in grete þote
i þenke of hire þat al hure blisse hus broute
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.104.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 236.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 88.