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Alone walking / In thought plaining / And sore sighing
The Lover’s Lament, a pseudo-Chaucerian virelai — five 8-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Title(s): Lover’s Lament
Subjects: lover’s lament; laments; virelais
Versification: — eight-line — aaabcccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 160ra
First Lines:
Alone walkyng
In thought pleynyng
And sore syghyng
All desolate…
Last Lines:
…Doth me auaunce
And thus an ende
Attributed Author: Chaucer (added by later hand in left margin beside line 1, f. 160ra)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Stowe, John, ed. The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer…with diuers addicions, with the Siege of Thebes, compiled by J. Lidgate. London, J. Kyngston for J. Wight, 1561 (STC 5075).
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080).
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 555.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 12.123.
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: 3.426.
The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer. 5 vols. Chiswick: C. Whittington, 1822: 5.178.
Tyrwhitt, Thomas, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: Moxon, 1843: 439.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Richard Morris, eds. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Aldine Edition of the British Poets. 6 vols; orig. ed., 1845; rev. ed. London: Bell and Daldy, 1866: 6.286; 1866, 6.305.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.584.
Godwin, William. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: T. Davidson, 1803: 2.356.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.562.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 2.119.
Morley, Henry. English Writers. 2 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864, 1867: 5.271.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.448.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 27-8.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 162-3.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 297.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 470.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 255-6.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 149-50.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 400.