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Though poets fain that fortune by her chance
Auxilium meum a Domino’ — two quatrains (aabc) with this refrain (c) and burden (cc): ‘In youth in age both in wealth and woe / Auxilium meum a domino
Subjects: devotional verse; songs; Cowper, doctor
Versification: — four-line — aabc



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , item 2
First Lines:
Though poetts fayn that fortune by her chaunce
and her fre wyl doth oppres and aduance…
Last Lines:
…Of grace diuine wyth heuinly assystens
what fors I then thowgh fortune be my foo
Auxulium meum a domino
Note: Signed ‘finis Cowper’.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 589-90.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 114.
Imelmann, Rudolf. “Zur Kenntnis der vor-Shakespeare’schen Lyrik: I. Wynkyn de Wordes ‘Song Book,’ 1530; II. John Dayes Sammlung der Lieder Thomas Whythornes, 1571.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Shakespeare-Gesselschaft 39 (1903): 121-78: 125.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 159.