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IMEV 3819
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Uncomely in cloister I cower full of care
The lament of the monk on the difficulty of learning church music — fifty-two long alliterative lines
Note: Cf. 1407.
Subjects: music; laments; monks, criticism/satire of
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 292, ff. 70v-71
First Lines:
Un comly in cloystre I coure ful of care
I loke as a lurdeyn and listne til my lare…
Last Lines:
…il hayl were yn boren ȝif yn make defaut
Þan sais oure mayster que vos reu ne vawt
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.291-2.
Haupt, Moriz, and August Heinrich Hoffmann, eds. Altdeutsche Blätter. 2 vols. Leipzig: Brockhaus, 1836, 1840: 1.396-401: 2.145-6.
Utley, Francis Lee. “The Chorister’s Lament.” Speculum 21 (1946): 194-202: 196-7.
Hollander, John. The Untuning of the Sky. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1961; repr. 1983; Norton, 1970: 425.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 184-7.