Notes & Glosses
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1. It is likely that the writer started the next line, realized the error, and crossed out the mistake.
2. This phrase resonates with Henry VIII’s ‘Heard a may most pitiously.’
3. Note the same spelling as that Mary Shelton uses, for instance on her ‘undesired service’ remark.
4. There is no macron to supply the word ‘mynd.’
5. This is an inverse caret.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt (Rebholz 1978, 298), this poem was entered by Margaret Douglas. The poem’s genre derives from the medieval French chanson à personnages in which the speaker listens to the complaint of a young woman or male lover (ibid., 532). In this case the speaker overhears a complaint about the fickleness and changeability of women. Two instances of this poem appear in the manuscript. The second version was entered into the manuscript by H8; it is nine lines longer and titled “howe shulde I” (77r).