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IMEV 340.5
NIMEV TM 178
As I came by a bower so fair
The complaint of a prisoner of love — four 8-line stanzas including refrain, ‘almes dede for our lady sake’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 178.
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 1v-2
First Lines:
As I came by a bowre Soo fayr
when trees were bare bothe buske and brer…
Last Lines:
…I spake vnto that swete ageyne
and askyd mercye for owr ladyes sake
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “Liedersammlungen des xvi. Jahrhunderts…IV.” Anglia 31 (1908): 309-96: 312-13.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 87-8.