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What meaneth this What is this wonder hour
Against the inconstancy of women, an extract from The Complaint of the Black Knight (2541), lines 302-434, 456-469 — twenty-one stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: women, faithlessness of; complaints, lovers’; love, vicissitudes of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 281-283
First Lines:
Quhat meneth this Quhat is this windir vre
of purveance gife I sall it call…
Last Lines:
…So dois this god with his scherp flone
The trew he slais and lattis the fals gone
Attributed Author: quod chauser (f. 283)
Editions:
Stowe, John, ed. The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer…with diuers addicions, with the Siege of Thebes, compiled by J. Lidgate. London, J. Kyngston for J. Wight, 1561 (STC 5075).
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721.
Laing, David, ed. The Bannatyne Miscellany. 3 vols. Bannatyne Club 19. Edinburgh, 1827: 817.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 82.