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17 Ther doth not lyue no lovyng hart
18 but wyll lament ower greuous woo
19 and pray to god to ease owre smart
20 and shortly togyther that we my may goo
fynis ma r h 2
Notes & Glosses
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1. This word is also used in poetry by Henry VIII.
2. The initials may refer to Lady Mary Howard or Lady Margaret Douglas, after her betrothal to Lord Thomas Howard.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Attributed to Lord Thomas Howard (Ringler, Rudick, and Rigler 1992, 260), this poem was entered by TH2 into the Devonshire Manuscript. Based on the initials, “marh,” signed at the bottom of the poem, Margaret Douglas could also have composed the poem after her betrothal to Thomas Howard. Alternatively, the initials may be attributed to Mary Howard, which could signify her support of the beleaguered couple. By using her maiden name to associate herself with her brother Thomas Howard, Mary Howard distances herself from her husband Henry Fitzroy, an illegitimate son of Henry VIII, and his family. The initials “MH” are also found in “O myserable sorow withowten cure” (58v). “O myserable sorow withowten cure” (58v) emphasizes the pain borne by a true lover, who is subsequently punished because of his love.