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DIMEV 3623
IMEV 2254
NIMEV 2254
My lief is faren in land
A lover’s lament — one 7-line stanza (ababcbc) introduced by 3713 and serving as sixth stanza of same
Note: First line quoted in Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale, (Canterbury Tales VII.2879; 142).
Subjects: lover’s lament
Versification: — seven-line — ababcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 154
First Lines:
My lefe ys faren in a lond
Allas why ys she so…
Last Lines:
…Where ever she ryde or go
With trew love a thousand fold
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William. “Chanticleer’s Song.” Atheneum 108 (Oct. 24, 1896): 566: 566.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7.
Hinckley, Henry Barrett. Notes on Chaucer. Northampton, MA: Nonotuck Press, 1907: 130.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 859; 1957, 752.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 152.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 246.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 237.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 85.
Mooney, Linne R. “Middle English Verse in London, Lincoln’s Inn, MS Hale 90.” Journal of the Early Book Society 2 (1999): 182-3: 256.