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Most sovereign lady comfort of care
A love letter to his mistress by Humfrey Newton — one 8-line stanza (acrostic on MARGARET)
Author(s): Humfrey Newton
Subjects: love letters; acrostics
Versification: — eight-line — ababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. c.66 [olim Capesthorne], f. 93va
First Lines:
Most soueren lady comfort of care
A next in my hert most in my myende…
Last Lines:
…euer wel spryngynge stillatorie of swettes swetenes
Tresore full bare gronded with grace
Note: Portions of last line illegible [here based on Robbins’ reading] because have been written over or partly erased; preceded by note in Latin, ‘Littera amandi et nomen de illa est expressum hic (f. 93v).
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Poems of Humphrey Newton, Esquire, 1466-1536.” PMLA 65 (1950): 249-81: 266-7.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 256.