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This is no life alas that I do lead
On the Cruelties of his Mistress — three stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Followed by 3666.
Subjects: lover’s lament
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 153
First Lines:
This ys no lyf a las þat y do lede
it is but deth as yn lyves lyckenesse
Endeles sorow assured owte of drede
Past all despeyre & owte of all gladenesse…
Last Lines:
…for me no thyng may comforte nor amende
Tyl deith come forthe and make of me anende
Note: Follows 1667 as if part of same work.
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Findern Anthology.” PMLA 69 (1954): 610-42: 638.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 156.
Jacob, Ernest Fraser. The Fifteenth Century: 1399-1485. Oxford History of England. Oxford: Clarendon, 1961: 486.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 230.