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Tanglid I was yn loves snare

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 79v-80r

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 f. [79v]

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 1    Tanglid I was yn loves snare
2    opprest wich{w+t+} payne tormen{_e} te wich{w+t+}  care
3    of grefe right sure of Ioye full f bare
4    clene in dispaire bye crueltye
5    but ha ha ha full well is me
6    for I am now at libretye

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 7    the wofull dayes so full of paine
8    the verye night all spent in vayne
9    the labor lost for so small gayne

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 f. [80r]

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 1 10    to wryt them all yt will not bee
11    but ha. ha. ha. &c
12    —– 1

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 13    Everye thing that{{th}+t+} faire dothe sho
14    when{_e} prof is made yt pre{p’}vithe not soo
15    but tornithe mirthe to bittre woo.
16    wiche in this case full well I see
17    but ha. &c
18    —– 2

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 19    To grete desire was my guide
20    and wanton{_o} will went bye my syde
21    hope rulid still. and made me byde
22    of loves craft thextremitye{the extemity}
23    but ha.
24    —– 3

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 1 25    with{w+t+} faynid wordes{es} with{w+t+}  ware but winde
26    to long delayes I was assind
27    her wylye lokes{es} my wittes{es}  ded blinde
28    thus as she wolde I ded agree
29    but ha. c
30    —– 4

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 31    was never birde tanglid yn lyme
32    that brake awaye yn bettre tyme
33    then I that Rotten bowis ded clyme
34    and had no hurte but scapid fre
35    now ha ha ha. full well is me
36    for I am nowe at libretye

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 fs

Notes & Glosses

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 1, 2, 3, 4. The second line of the refrain is assumed to be here.

Commentary

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt (Rebholz 1978, 262-263), this poem was entered by H8. The speaker rejoices because of his new-found freedom from the lady’s cruelty. Rebholz suggests that Serafino’s Fui serrato nel dolore may have inspired Wyatt’s laughing refrain and sense of entanglement (ibid., 515). The grafted and rotten bough image is a common image in courtly love poetry. For other examples of this image in the manuscript, see “Yff reason govern fantasye” (45v), “This rotyd greff will not but growe” (47v), and “Nowe fare well love and theye lawes forever” (75r). After each stanza, H8 increasingly abbreviates the two-line chorus from the first four words (“but ha. ha. ha”) to the first two.

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