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Piteously / Constrained am I
Sorrow at parting, sometimes ascribed to John Skelton — three 8-line stanzas
Note: Cf. 808.
Author(s): John Skelton (attrib.)
Subjects: lovers absence/separation of
Versification: — eight-line — aabaab
Bibliographic Ghosts: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 678, Boethius, De Disciplina Scholarum, Deventer 1496, [olim Heber Incunabula, Sotheby’s Sale Cat. 1834, Part III, No. 810], f. iii: see Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor B 741 (Boethius de disciplina scholarium; Deventer, 1496) [olim Rosenbach Foundation 678; olim John F. Fleming].



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 19v-21
First Lines:
Petyously constraynyd am I
with wepyng yes to morne
& playne that we soo ny
of progeny so sodenly
shulde part twayne
when ye ar gon comfort ys none…
Last Lines:
…there may no wyght make my hert lyght
tyll I haue A syght of yow A gayne
Attributed Author: Quod doctor Coper (f. 21)
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 266-7.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 6128, f. 142v
Transcription:
…sly constreynyd am I with wepyng eyes to morne & pleyne
[ ]s so my off proheny so sodenly xuld parte on twyne gen
[ ] the ys gon comforte ys none saffe all alone indwre mwste I
Note: Formerly listed as 2163; three lines only.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Middle English Lyrics: Handlist of New Texts.” Anglia 83 (1965): 35-47: 46.
3.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor B 741 (Boethius de disciplina scholarium; Deventer, 1496) [olim Rosenbach Foundation 678; olim John F. Fleming], ff. iii-iiiv
First Lines:
Petevelly
Constranyd am y
With wepyng y
To Morne & playne…
Last Lines:
…I cannot layne
Nor ȝeet refrayne
Myne yes tweyne
ffrome soore wepyng
Note: Three 8-line stanzas (aaabaaab); in manuscript gathering bound into printed book (see also 808).
Editions:
Birch, Walter de Gray. “A New Poem by John Skelton.” The Athenaeum (London, November 29, 1873): 2.697: 697; rpr. Ashton (1882), 19.
Kölbing, Eugen. Zur Charakteristik John Skelton’s…. Stuttgart: Druck von Streeker & Schröder, 1904.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 19.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, ed. Poems by Skelton. London: W. Heinemann, 1924: 207.