Notes & Glosses
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Attributed to Lady Margaret Douglas (Ringler, Rudick, and Rigler 1992, 122), this poem denotes her feelings for her husband, Lord Thomas Howard. “I may well say with loyfull harte,” entered by TH2, is one of the few ruled pages in the manuscript. Other rules pages include: “The knot which fyrst my hart did strayn” (23r) through “O ye louers that hygh vpon the whele” (30r) and “What deth ys worse then thys” (39r) through “ther ys no cure ffor care off miyd” (41r). Helen Baron observes that “I may well say with Ioyfull harte” (28v) and the following poem “To yowr gentyll letters an answere to resyte” (29r) follow an epistolary formulae (1994, 325): the poem ends with the hope that the two will meet again (line 24), and the next poem responds to this plea, beginning: “To yowr gentyll letters an answere to resyte / both I and my penne there to wyll aply” (29r, lines 1-2). While E.A. Bond argues that this relation shows internal evidence that the lovers exchanged letters during imprisonment in the Tower (1871, 655), Baron notes that no existing evidence supports the theory that Margaret wrote in the manuscript while at the Tower (1994, 325).