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O thou fortune why art thou so inconstant
A complaint against Fortune — in rhyme royal stanzas with refrain, ‘He holdyth ryght naught of clene conscience’, and headings in Latin above six stanzas
Subjects: Fortune, complaint against; complaints
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 159v
First Lines:
[O] þou fortune why art þou so inconstaunt
To make þis land so to meeve
Thou hast a duracioun traversaunt
Wyth owte numbre doyst þou greeue…
Last Lines:
…That may lette hym from goddys presence
And so par aventure he may be schent…
Note: Ends imperfectly after four lines of stanza 14.
Attributed Title: A compleint on to Dame Fortune Capitulo xxviijo (f. 159v)
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Findern Anthology.” PMLA 69 (1954): 610-42: 639-42.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 35-8.