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O myserable sorow withowten cure

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 58v

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 f. [58v]

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 1    O myserable sorow with{w+t+}owten cure
2    yf it plese the lo / to haue me thus suffir
3    at lest / yet let her know what I endure
4    and this my last voyse cary thou thether
5    wher lyved my hope now ded foreer{w+r+}1
6    for as ill grevus is my banyshement
7    as was my plesur whan she was present

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 finis

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 mh2

Notes & Glosses

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 1. The abbreviation is unique within the manuscript. A large ink blot follows the line, obscuring what may have been the written-out ‘er’ of ‘forewer,’ which the scribe may have appended with the supralinear.
2. The initials ‘MH’ may refer to Lady Mary Howard. If so, her unmarried name is being used; a possible clue towards a time frame or an indication of her feelings. Consider the names of the two women as in “Madame margeret” (68r).

Commentary

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt (Rebholz 1978, 229), this poem was entered by H7. In the poem, the speaker laments his banishment from his beloved. A light annotation appears in the left margin, “m h,” possibly entered by Margaret Douglas. An unknown hand also enters the same initials beneath the poem, but these could be linked to the following poem (or to neither). The initials might refer to Margaret Douglas’ betrothed name “Howard” as a bold assertion of her solidarity with Thomas Howard, who was imprisoned because of their relationship. Alternatively, the initials might refer to Mary Howard’s support of the beleaguered couple. By using her maiden name to associate herself to her brother Thomas Howard, Mary distances herself from her husband Henry Fitzroy (an illegitimate son of Henry VIII). The initials “mar h” also appear at the end of “Wyth sorowful syghes and wondes smart” (26v).

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