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Love is soft love is sweet love is good swear
What Love is like: la manere quele amour est pur assaier — twenty-eight lines generally in monorhyming quatrains, but also couplets, 3 and 5-line monorhyming stanzas
Subjects: love, nature of
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), f. 200
First Lines:
Loue is sofft loue is swet loue is goed sware
Loue is muche tene loue is muchel kare…
Last Lines:
…Loue comseþ wiþ kare and hendeþ wiþ tene
Mid lauedi mid wiue mid maide and quene
Attributed Title: Ci comence la manere quele amour est pur assaier (f. 200)
Facsimiles:
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Editions:
Conybeare, John Josias, ed. The Romance of Octavian. Oxford: Collingwood,1809: 58-9.
Wright, Thomas. Anecdota Literaria. London: John Russell Smith, 1844: 96.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 107-8.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 35-7.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 17-18.