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Love that is poor it is with pine
What Love is — four couplets (with ‘Love’ anaphora)
Subjects: love, nature of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library Acc. No. 775 (copy of STC 3199), f. 94v
First Lines:
Love þat is powre it is with pyne
love that is riche it is ethe forto tyn…
Last Lines:
…love that is false it will a waye
love that is trwe it lastythe aye
Note: Added by a hand of the sixteenth century to the Morgan copy of Boethius, Boecius de consolacione philosophie, [Westminster: Printed by William Caxton, 1478] (ChL 1766a).
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “Libri Impressi cum notis Manuscriptis, Part I.” Modern Language Notes 53 (1938): 245-49: 246.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 265
First Lines:
Luve þat is het can no skill
Luve þat is cald can be still
Luve þat is peure wat mekle pyne
Luve þat is riche Is eith to tyne…
Last Lines:
…Luve þat is trew Lestis ay
Luve þat is fals wenttis away
Note: Variant.
Attributed Title: Off Luve (f. 265)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 4.733.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 4.40.