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When the sun the lamp of heaven full light
‘How a louer prayseth hys lady’ — 467 lines in rough doggerel couplets
Title(s): ‘How a louer prayseth hys lady’
Subjects: love, instructions regarding; women, praise of; commemorative verse, lovers’; lovers, praise of beloved
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 306-312v
First Lines:
WHen the son the laumpe of heuen ful lyght
Phebus with hys eye ful gret round and bryght…
Last Lines:
…Let other amende hyt that better kunne
ffor kunnyng in me was neuer kunne
Note: Last word, ‘kunne’, marked for expunction and ‘nene’ added after by a later hand of 16th century.
Attributed Title: How A Louer prayseth hys Lady (f. 306)
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “‘How Lover Praiseth His Lady’.” Modern Philology 21 (1923-24): 379-95: 384-95.