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To say you are not fair I shall belie you
?John Lydgate, parody of a courtly panegyric, with ironic reversal, attributed to Lydgate — one quatrain
Author(s): John Lydgate (attrib.)
Subjects: parodies; lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10336, f. 4
Transcription:
To saie you are not fayre I shalbelye you
and yf I praise your beautie then I floute you
If I desire your loue you saie I doe but trie you
speke faire or foule I am sure to goe with out you
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 271.