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The long nights when every creature
‘The Balade of Pite’ or ‘A Compleint to his Lady’ — 130 lines in various stanza forms
Note: Printed Stowe (1561) (which was ed. Chalmers (1810), 1.564-65).
Title(s): ‘The Balade of Pite’; ‘A Compleint to his Lady’
Subjects: laments, lover’s
Versification: — various



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 51-53
First Lines:
The longe nyghtis whan euery creature
Shuld have theyr rest in somwhat be kynde…
Last Lines:
…ffor ellis may me last no blisse ne hope
Ne dwelle withyn my trouble careful hert
Note: Written as part of the ‘Compleynte to Pite’: see 4375.
Attributed Title: Explicit Pyte (f. 53)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. More Odd Texts. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 77. London: Trübner, 1886; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: .360-64.
Robinson, F. N., ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933; 2nd ed. 1957: 621-23; 1957; 528-29.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 78, ff. 82-83v
First Lines:
Þe long nightes whane euery creature
Shoulde haue þeyre rest in somwhat as be kynde…
Last Lines:
…And for no maner gilt but my goode wille
Als goode were þanne vntrewe as truwe to be…
Note: Ends imperfectly; written as part of the ‘Compleynte to Pite’: see 4375.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Odd Texts of the Minor Poems. 2 vols. Chaucer Society 1st ser. 23, 60. London: Trübner, 1868, 1880; repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967.
Benson, Larry Dean, ed. The Riverside Chaucer. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987: 642-3.