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Throughout a palace as I gan pass
‘The Lamentacioun of the Duchess of Glossester’ (1447) — 13 eight-line stanzas including refrain: ‘All women may be ware by me’
Title(s): ‘The Lamentacioun of the Duchess of Glossester’
Subjects: Eleanor [Cobham], duchess of Gloucester; laments; historical poems; Fortune, wheel of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 360-362
First Lines:
Thorow owt a pales as I can passe
I hard a lady make a gret mone…
Last Lines:
…In prayer I will both walke & wake
All women may be ware by me
Note: 104 lines.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit (p. 360); Here endith þe lamyntacion / of the Duches of Glowcetter (p. 362)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.205-8.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 177-80.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 95.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 92-94
First Lines:
Thorow owt a palys as I gan passe
I herd a lady make gret mone…
Last Lines:
…And in prayers wyll I wache and wake
All women may be ware by me
Note: 132 lines.
Editions:
Hardwick, Charles. “Lament of Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester, when Convicted of Sorcery.” Cambridge Antiquarian Society, Communications 1 (1851-59): 177-90: 186-90.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 176-80.