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And if ye command me to keep me true wherever I go
A love letter by Margery Brews to John Paston, 1477 — one 6-line stanza (three couplets), with preceding couplet
Note: See Davis (1971), No. 783.
Author(s): Margery Brews
Subjects: love letters; Paston, John
Versification: — six-line, two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 43490, f. 23
Transcription:
For þer wottys no creature what peyn þat I endure
And for to be deede I dare it not dyscure
And yf ȝe commande me to kepe me true where euer I go
Iwyse I will do all my myght and neuer no mo ȝowe to loue and neuer no mo
And tho yf my freendys say þat I do amys þei schuld not me let so for to do
Truly ouer all erthely thing
And yf þei be neuer so wroth I tryst it schall be bettur in tyme commyng
Note: Supplement lists ‘Gairdner, III.170’ for orig. ed. Written as prose. Several scribal corrections.
Editions:
Fenn, John. Original Letters Written during the Reigns of Henry VI…. London: Robinson, 1787 (The Paston Letters): 2.210.
Gairdner, James, ed. The Paston Letters. 6 vols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1904; repr. Alan Sutton, 1986: 3.170.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 3.135.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, ed. Devotional Pieces in Verse and Prose from Ms. Arundel 285 and Ms. Harleian 6919. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 23. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1955: 21.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 205.
Davis, Norman, ed. The Paston Letters. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958: 106.
Matthews, William. Later Medieval English Prose. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1963: 90-1.
Davis, Norman, ed. The Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971, 1976: 1.662.