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Plunged in the waw of mortal distress
‘The Lamentatyon of Mary Magdaleyne’, ascribed incorrectly to Lydgate — 102 stanzas rhyme royal, including ‘Adiew’ anaphora
Author(s): John Lydgate (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘The Lamentatyon of Mary Magdaleyne’
Subjects: Mary Magdalene, saint; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Long Melford, Suffolk, Church of the Holy Trinity, Clopton Chapel, wall paintings around edge of ceiling and on ceiling
First Lines:
Behold o man lefte up thyn eye & see
what mortall peyne I suffred for your trespace…
Last Lines:
…cometh on myn frend myn brother most entyer
for you I offred my blood in sacryfice
Note: Stanzas equivalent to numbers 8, 4, 14, 17-19.
Editions:
Parker, Sir William. The History of Long Melford. London: Wyman, 1873: 128.
Conder, E. Lauriston. The Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Melford, Suffolk. London: Dryden Press, 1887: 54.
Trapp, J. B. “Verses by Lydgate at Long Melford.” Review of English Studies n.s. 6 (1955): 1-11: 5-7.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17537. Lydgate, John, The lamentacyon of our lady, [Enprinted at London: In Fletestrete at the sygne of the sonne, by Wynkyn de Worde, [1510?]]
2.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. 361rb-365rb
First Lines:
Plonged in the wawe of mortal distresse
Alas for wo to whom shal I compleyn…
Last Lines:
…Sith it the pleseth of me to make an ende
In manus tuas my spirite I commende
Attributed Title: The lamentatyon of Mary Magdaleyne (f. 361ra)
Facsimiles:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer and Others. Facsimile of Thynne 1532. Oxford, 1905: 749-57.
Editions:
Tame, Charles Edward, ed. Our Lady’s Lament, and the lamentation of Saint Mary Magdalene. London, Washbourne, 1871.
Bell, Robert, ed. Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: J.W. Parker, 1854-6; rev. Walter William Skeat 4 vols. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1878; orig. published 8 vols: 4.395.
Skeat, Bertha M. “The Lamentation of Mary Magdaleyne.” Diss. Zurich, 1897.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 532-8.