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DIMEV 6667
Why dare I not complain to my lady
A lover’s confidence — one quatrain (abba)
Subjects: love lyrics; women, praise of; songs
Versification: — four-line — abba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], f. 116v
Transcription:
Why dare I not compleyn to my lady
Whie woll I not aske grace in humble wyse
Sythe I knowe welle that she ys verraye wysse
bothe fayre and good dyscrete and womanly
Facsimiles:
Wilson, Edward. “Introduction.” The Winchester Anthology. A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577. With an account of the music by Iain Fenlon. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981.
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. “Some New Texts of Early Tudor Songs.” Notes and Queries n.s. 27 [225] (1980): 293-5: 293.