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The last time I thee well woke
The Betrayed Maiden’s Lament — five quatrains (aaab) and burden (c): ‘I haue forsworne hit whil I life / To wake the well-ey’
Subjects: carols, amorous; love, vicissitudes of; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, f. 114v
First Lines:
The last tyme I the wel woke
sir John caght me with a croke…
Last Lines:
…With [ ]ten he fynde hit mylke & pap
a long while dy
Attributed Author: bryan hyf my name iet (below, f. 114v)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.1.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Faiths and Folklore. London: Reeves and Turner, 1905: 2.167.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 309; 1977, 278.
Brand, John. Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain. London: G. Bell, 1849; rev. ed., Sir Henry Ellis 3 vols. London: Bohn, 1849: 2.379.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 19-20.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 293-4.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 70.
Grigson, Geoffrey, ed. The Faber Book of Popular Verse. London: Faber, 1971: 142.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 82-3.