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Lord how I shall me complain
A burlesque love song — eight 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘When I sleep I may not wake’
Subjects: love lyrics, satiric
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 5112-512
First Lines:
Lord how shall I me complayn
Vnto myn own lady dere…
Last Lines:
…By this ensample ye may se
That whan I slepe I can not wak
ffinis
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 284-5.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 119.
2.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 59v
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Early English Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. London: for the Warton Club, 1855: 6-8; comp. text.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 217-19.