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Of greater cause may no wight him complain
‘Complaint to my Lodesterre’, once thought to be by Chaucer — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘Complaint to my Lodesterre’
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; complaints, lovers’; lover’s plea
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, ff. 15v-16
First Lines:
[O]f gretter cause may no wight him compleyne
Than y for loue hath ne sette in swiche case…
Last Lines:
…Right so harde I a maan so piteously grone
And to him selfe right thus he made his mone
Note: Initial ‘O’ is missing, with space left for illuminated initial.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William. “Complaint to My Lodestar.” Atheneum 104 (1894): 162.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 4.xxix-xxxi.
Marshall, Isabel, and Lela Porter. Ryme-Index to the manuscript texts of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 80 (1889): 470.