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Mourning my heart doth sore oppress
A lover’s complaint — seven quatrains with refrain, ‘Alas I cannot be lovyd agayne’ or ‘Alas whan shall I be louid agayne’
Subjects: lover’s lament
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 18752, f. 89
Editions:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. “The Sixteenth Century Lyrics in Add. MS. 18,752.” Anglia 33 (1909): 344-69: 361.
2.Source: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Archive Service DD/R/dd/V/30 [Ramsden rental], f. 2
First Lines:
morenyng my hart doithe sore opress
þat force constreynithe me to complayne
and where as I shold haue Redresse
a las I cannot be louid a gayne…
Last Lines:
…then forto loue a faithefull hart
A las & cannot be louid a gayne