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DIMEV 3146
IMEV 1926.5
NIMEV 1926.5
Lo he that is all wholly yours so free
A love letter: a plea to his mistress — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Adapted from Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (5248): Book II, lines 1121-7, 841-7, 869-82; Book IV, lines 561-7; Book V, lines 1072-8; Book II, lines 778-84; Book I, lines 708-12; Book IV, lines 260-6, 267-73. See Jansen and Jordan (1991), 303, where this poem incorrectly referenced as number 30 rather than 38.
Subjects: love letters
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 48v-49v
First Lines:
Loo he that ys all holly yours Soo free
hym recommendythe louly to your grace…
Last Lines:
…Into myserrye wher as I wyll wayle
for my dere harte tyll þat my brethe me fayll
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “Liedersammlungen des xvi. Jahrhunderts…IV.” Anglia 31 (1908): 309-96: 362-3.
Bolle, Wilhelm. “Zur Lyric der Rawlinson-HS C.813.” Anglia 34 (1911): 273-307: 284-7.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 195-8.