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What so men sayn
On Feigned Love — four 8-line stanzas (aaabaaab)
Subjects: love, feigned; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — eight-line — aaabaaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 56
First Lines:
what so men seyn
loue is no peyn
to them serteyn
butt varians…
Last Lines:
…hitt were pete
butt they shold be
be gelid parde
with owtyn grase
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.23.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Findern Anthology.” PMLA 69 (1954): 610-42: 632-3.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 237-8.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 110-11.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 154-5.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 268-70.
Bad Key: 268-70: 402-3.