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My woeful heart in painful weariness
A love poem signed ‘Sheryngam’ — one stanza rhyme royal
Author(s): Sheringham
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; love, rewards of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], f. 7v
First Lines:
My wofull hart in paynfull weryness
Which hath byn long plungyng with thought unseyne…
Last Lines:
…That I am bownde above all erthly thyng
To ove and dred hym as my lord and kyng
Note: With music in two voices credited to Sheryngham.
Editions:
Burney, Charles. A General History of Music…. London: T. Beckett, J. Robson, and G. Robinson, 1782: 2.544-5.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 52.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 353.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 289.