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The man that I loved alderbest
A Love Complaint, for two voices — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Wolde god that hyt were so / As I cowde wysshe bytuyxt vs too’
Note: Cf. 4829
Subjects: carols, amorous; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 178v
First Lines:
The man that I loued al ther best
In al thys contre est scher west
to me he ys a Strange gest…
Last Lines:
…he wold noȝt sey ones fare well
Wen tyme was come that he wold go
Note: Superscript feminine pronouns over the masculine ones.
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.".
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 44.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 306; 1977, 275.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 16-17.
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 (lacks stanza 5).
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 375-6.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 69.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 53-4.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 287-8.