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DIMEV 4085
IMEV 2577.5
NIMEV see 3327/Selections 9 (i)
O very lord O love god alas
A love complaint, erroneously attributed to Lord Thomas Howard — four stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Adapted from Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (5248), 4.288-308, 323-29; preceded by introductory couplet, also from Troilus and Criseyde, 4.13-14. See Southall (1964), 143. See also 2370.
Author(s): Thomas Howard (attrib.); Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Troilus and Criseyde
Subjects: complaints, lovers’
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], ff. 29v-30
First Lines:
O very lord o loue o god alas
That knowest best myn hert & al my thowght…
Last Lines:
…remembre that yowr felowe resteth there
for I louyd eke thowgh I vnworthy were
Note: Heading preceding on f. 29v: ‘And now my pen alas wyth whyche I wryte / quaketh for drede off that I muste endyte’.
Editions:
Muir, Kenneth. “Unpublished Poems in the Devonshire MS.” Proc. Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society 6 (1944-52): 253-82: 265-6.