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Who shall give unto mine head a well
John Lydgate, ‘A lamentacioun of our lady Maria’ — in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with varying refrain
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A lamentacioun of our lady Maria’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, lament of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 78-81
First Lines:
Who shal yeve vn to myn hed a welle
of bitter terys my sorwys to compleyne…
Last Lines:
…But shewe to them his mercy and his grace
That for ther love was naylled to a tre
Attributed Title: HEre begynneth a lamentacioun of our lady (f. 78)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 324-9.
2.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 56, f. 73v
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), f. 19v
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 42v-44v
First Lines:
Who shal gyve vnto my hede a welle
Of bitter teeris my sorw to compleyne…
Last Lines:
…But shew to the his mercy and his grace
That for theyr love was nayled to a tre
Attributed Title: Quis dabit capiti meo fontem lacarimus (f. 42v)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 66v-70v
First Lines:
Who shal give vnto myn heed a welle
Of bittir teerys my sorwes to compleyne…
Last Lines:
…but shewe to them his mercy and his grace
That for ther love was nailed to a tre
Attributed Title: Quis dabit capiti / meo fontem lacarimus (f. 66v, in margin, in rubric)
Editions:
Holthausen, Ferdinand. Liebe des Vokes: eine Festschrift zum sechzijährigen Jubiläum der…Franz Joseph I. Karl Gerstenberger von Reichsegg, ed. Vienna, 1908.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Long Melford, Suffolk, Church of the Holy Trinity, Clopton Chapel, wall paintings above chapel altar
First Lines:
Behold o man lefte up thyn eye & see
What mortall peyne I suffred for your trespace…
Last Lines:
…cometh on my frend my brother most entyer
for you I offred my blood in sacryfice
Note: Stanzas equivalent to numbers 101, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118 of MacCracken (1911), some lines now illegible.
Editions:
Trapp, J. B. “Verses by Lydgate at Long Melford.” Review of English Studies n.s. 6 (1955): 1-11: 5-7.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17537. Lydgate, John, The lamentacyon of our lady, [Enprinted at London: In Fletestrete at the sygne of the sonne, by Wynkyn de Worde, [1510?]]