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Who hath more cawse for to complayne

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 28r

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 1    Who hath more cawse for to complayne
2    or to lament hys sorow and payne
3    Then I wych louys and louyd agayne
4    yet can not optayne

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 5    I can not optayne that{{th}+t+} ys my none
6    Wych cawsyth me styll to make great mone
7    To se thus ryght with{w+t+} wronge ouerthrowne
8    as not vnknowne

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 9    It ys not vnknowen how wrongfully
10    The wyll me hyr for to deny
11    whom I wyll loue moste hartely
12    vntyll I dye

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 13    vntyll I dye I wyll not lett
14    To ss1 seke her owt in cold and het
15    wych hath my hart as fermly set
16    as tonge or pen{_e}ne can yt repet
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Notes & Glosses

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 1. The crossout is indistinct.

Commentary

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Attributed to Lord Thomas Howard (Ringler, Rudick, and Rigler 1992, 252), this poem was entered into the Devonshire Manuscript by TH2. Lines 8-9 allude to the injustice of the speaker’s situation and his entourage’s knowledge of his plight. The phrase “my none” resonates with “my none swete wyfe” in the preceding poem, “Alas that men be so vngent” (27v).

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