wan I be thyng my wontyd was

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 59r

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 f. [59r]

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 1   wan I be thyng {think} my wontyd was{ways}
2   how I anon hawe spent my tym
3   and se how now my gay dekas
4   and ffrom my welth how I or myn
5   be leffe {believe}  my ffryndes that swch{such} assais
6   doth kaa me plan not off the spelen {spleen}
7   pot {but}  morn I may thys wery das
8   that har apoyntyd to be myn


4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Written in Mary Shelton’s hand, this poem remains unattributed. Margaret Douglas also enters another version of this poem on 58r. Notably, both authors use different word choices: Douglas’ version, for instance, uses “or thys,” “joy,” and “declyn,” while Mary’s version uses “anon,” “gay,” and “or myn” (see lines 2, 3, and 4). Taken together, Mary Shelton’s and Margaret Douglas’ verses (on folios 58r to 59r, and again on 65r to 68v) appear as if they support one another in similar themes (see the Commentaryon “when I bethynk my wontet ways” (58r)). In the case of this particular set of two poems (58r and 59r), Margaret and Mary may have been echoing one another’s poignant sorrow over the loss of happier times and the “wery days/ that [were] apoyntyt to be” theirs.

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Texts Collated

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 LDev084


6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 0.1 ] when I bethynk my ways LDev084
1 wan] when LDev084 be thyngthynk my wontyd wasways] bethynk my wontet ways LDev084
2 how] who LDev084 anon] or thys LDev084
3 how] who LDev084 gay dekas] yyoIIoy decays LDev084
4 welth] whelth LDev084 how] who LDev084 or myn] declyn LDev084
5 be leffebelieve] be leve LDev084 ffryndes] fFrynds LDev084 swchsuch assais] suche affrays LDev084
6 kaas] case LDev084 plan] playn LDev084 not] nat LDev084 spelenspleen] splen LDev084
7 potbut] but moren LDev084 morn] moren LDev084 thys] thous LDev084 das] days LDev084
8 har apoyntyd] ar a poyntytappointed LDev084

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