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IMEV 2289.3
NIMEV 2289.3
Need not I love where men love me
Three little songs: of love, of sorrow, of joy, in a Latin sermon — three couplets or other rhyme schemes
Subjects: sermons, verse in; Christ, Passion of; Christ, sufferings of
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 42, f. 67
Transcription:
Nede mot y loue þere me loueth me
ellys ych were vnkende. God schylde þat y be
Whann y þenke an þe tre þat Criste was on hange
sorymaymy herte be, my honde y may wrynge
Of alle þe floures fayrest falle on
for few y fynde þat hy ne fadyth, etc.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 67.
2.Source: Arras, Bibliothèque municipale, Arras 184 (254), ff. 1vb-2ra
First Lines:
Nede mot y loue wher men loue me
elles were to blame god schulde þat y be…
Last Lines:
…wan y þenke on þe hie tre
þat crist was on y hanggyng
careful may myn herte be
my hondus y may wryng
Editions:
Friend, Albert C. “Fourteenth-Century Couplets of English Verse.” PMLA 69 (1954): 984: 984.