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Unto you most forward this letter I write
A satirical love letter written by a mistress to her lover — five stanzas rhyme royal
Note: For the reply see 3902.
Subjects: love letters; satires; women, as speakers/narrators; dialogues, lovers’
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 36 (SC 14530), ff. 3v-4
First Lines:
Vnto you most froward þis letre I write
Whych hath causyd me so longe in dyspayre…
Last Lines:
…That hath ij good eyen & I chese here suche a make
Or onys wold lyst vp here for youre sake
Note: On f. 3v: ‘To my trew loue and Able / As the wedyr cok he is stable / Thys letter to hym bedelueryd’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Two Satirical Love Epistles.” Modern Language Review 37 (1942): 415-21: 416.
Cords, Rose. “Fünf mittelenglische Gedichte aus den Handschrifts Rawlinson Poetry 36 und Rawlinson C.86.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 135 (1916): 292-302: 296.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 219-20.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 244-5.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 69-70.