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O excellent sovereign most seemly to see
The Beauty of his Mistress, a ‘symple letter’ — six 12-line stanzas (ababbccdeeed)
Note: See 1238.
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; love lyrics
Versification: — twelve-line — ababbccdeeed



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 50v-51v
First Lines:
O excelent Suffereigne most semely to See
bothe prudent and pure lyke a perle of prise…
Last Lines:
…my harte ye haue to kepe
by god that made thys day
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “Liedersammlungen des xvi. Jahrhunderts…IV.” Anglia 31 (1908): 309-96: 365-7.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 126-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 42-4.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 201-4.