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My best beloved lady and mistress
‘A Lettyr’ — four stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): William de la Pole (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘A lettyr’
Subjects: love letters; lovers, absence/separation of; lovers, addresses to beloved; lover’s plea
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 324v-325
First Lines:
My best bylouyd lady and maistresse
To whom I must of verey ryght obey…
Last Lines:
…Wrytyn in hast of verrey trouth to say
At [blank space left] vpon our lady day
Attributed Title: Lettyr (f. 324v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “An English Friend of Charles d’Orleáns.” PMLA 26 (1911): 142-180: 167.