SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 664
IMEV 402
NIMEV 402
As oft as sighs been in heart true
A Lover’s Plaint — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘So ofte and ofter I sygh for yowre sake.’
Subjects: complaints, lovers’
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173), ff. 73-74v
First Lines:
As ofte as syghes ben in herte trewe
And cristall teres on dolefull chekes trill…
Last Lines:
…Sith I am wounded with youre yen tweyn
lete me no lengur sighen for youre sake
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1980.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “Lydgatiana.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 127 (1911): 323-7: 323.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], ff. 17-18v
First Lines:
As ofte as syghes ben in herte trewe
And cristall teres on dolefulle chekis tryll
Eke thoghtes enbrasen newe and newe
The beste of hem that wante of all her will…
Last Lines:
…Sith I am wounded wyth yowre yen tweyn
lete me no lengur sighen for yowre sake
Note: Stanza 7 only 7 lines (ababbcc); stanza 9 only 6 (ababbc).
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “Lydgatiana.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 127 (1911): 323-7: 323.