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O fresh flower most pleasant of praise
A mocking love epistle by a lover in reply to his satirical mistress (see 6117) — eight stanzas rhyme royal, with introductory and concluding couplets
Subjects: love lyrics, satiric; dialogues, lovers’; satire
Versification: — seven-line, two-line — ababbcc, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 36 (SC 14530), ff. 4-5
First Lines:
O fresch floure most plesant of pryse
fragrant as sedyrsoy to mannys inspeccoun…
Last Lines:
…youre owne loue trusty and trewe
you haue for sake cause of a newer
Note: Preceded by introductory couplets, ‘Youre swete loue wyth blody naylys / Whyche fedyth mo lyce than quaylis / O you dere herte variant and mutable / Lyke to Caryldis whych is vn stable’
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Two Satirical Love Epistles.” Modern Language Review 37 (1942): 415-21: 417-8.
Cords, Rose. “Fünf mittelenglische Gedichte aus den Handschrifts Rawlinson Poetry 36 und Rawlinson C.86.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 135 (1916): 292-302: 297-8.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 220-2.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 481 (7 stanzas only).
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 70-2.