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O death whilom displeasant to nature
An apostrophe of a Lover wishing for Death — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: death; lover’s, lament
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 307, f. 198va
First Lines:
O dethe whylum dysplesant to nature
Where duellyst þow wylte thou þin man forsake…
Last Lines:
…Cum & helpe the petuys man to ende
In the lythe all here ys non odere ffrende
Note: Added by later hand.
Editions:
Wilson, Kenneth George. “Five Fugitive Pieces of Fifteenth-Century Secular Verse.” Modern Language Notes 69 (1954): 18-22: 119.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 34.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 307, f. 198va
First Lines:
O dethe Whylum dysplesant to nature
Where duellyst thou wylt þou þi man forsake…
Last Lines:
…Cum and helpe the petious Man to ende
In the lythe alle there ys non other frende
Note: Second copy on page; added by a second later hand.