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NIMEV TM 1131
O blessed Lord how may this be
A loving mistress complains of her heaviness — one 5-line stanza (abbcc)
Subjects: complaints, lovers’; women, as speaker/narrators
Versification: — five-line — abbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, f. 69v
Transcription:
O blessed lord how may this be
That Y am thus in heviness
And yet Y have do my besynesse
Ever to plese hym with all my myghth
Bothe erly late by day and by nyghth
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 279.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 341.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 290.