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My woeful heart thus clad in pain
A Love song of a mistress for her absent lover — seven 3-line stanzas, aab, with the same rhyme throughout
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; lovers absence/separation of
Versification: — three-line — aab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 69v
First Lines:
My woo full hert thus cald in payn
Wote natt welle what do nor seyn
long absens greuyth me so
ffor lakke of syght nere am y sleyn…
Last Lines:
…My hertt shall I neuer ffro hym refrayn
I gaue hitt hym with owte constrayn
Euyr to contenwe so
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.169.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Findern Anthology.” PMLA 69 (1954): 610-42: 633-4.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 270-1.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 403-4.