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DIMEV 3259
Lose that man will hard bestead that d[…] not thine angry thought
A lover’s complaint — three couplets with medial rhyme and a last couplet that leads into burden which serves three more stanzas of three monorhyming lines: ‘I wold ȝef þat I moght w[e]ldynd im to wif’
Subjects: complaints, lovers’; songs, of complaint; lovers, praise of beloved
Versification: — two-line, three-line, four-line — aa, aaa, abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Magdalen College Multon Hall Deeds 39a, dorse
First Lines:
…l[o]se þat [m]a[n] wil hard be stad þat d[ ] noght thi[n ] angry thoght
[ ]al ]m[a e] is hert [gla]d [s]o þat it ne cost him noght…
Last Lines:
…And wynne þat wortheiest in lond þat I m[os]t loue
Swilke thogtes be deies and nyght me stange as a knef
Note: Text partially lost due to damage to folio.
Editions:
Woolgar, C. M., and B. O’Donoghue. “Two Middle English Poems at Magdalen College, Oxford.” Medium Ævum 52 (1983): 217-21: 218.