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To flee the sect of all misgovernance
A Balade — three stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): William de la Pole (attrib.)
Subjects: hope, lover’s; love, constancy in; lovers, faithful
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), f. 318
First Lines:
TO fle the sett of alle mysgouernaunce
I am truly wyth hole in sych a palace…
Last Lines:
…Wherfor I must obbey her womanhede
Constreynd of hert wyth stedfast loue and drede
Attributed Title: Balade (f. 318)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “An English Friend of Charles d’Orleáns.” PMLA 26 (1911): 142-180: 155-6.