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On a dear day by a dale so deep
Fortis vt mors dileccio’ — ten 12-line stanzas including refrain, ‘Fortis vt mors dileccio
Note: For a piece similar in theme see 2452.
Title(s): Fortis vt mors dileccio
Subjects: death
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 362-364
First Lines:
On a dere day by a dale so depe
As I went thorow a wyldernes…
Last Lines:
…As tellith this tyxt for love alone
ffortis vt mors dileccio
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 182-4.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 84-5.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 33-34 (28 lines only).