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Mayest thou now be glad with all thy fresh array
A Mirror for Young Ladies at their Toilet; an acrostic — three 5-line stanzas (abbba)
Title(s): A Mirror for Young Ladies at their Toilet
Subjects: acrostics; death
Versification: — five-line — abbba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, ff. 128-128v
First Lines:
Maist thou now be glade with all thi fresshe aray
One me to loke that wyll dystene thi face…
Last Lines:
…I smyte I fle I woll graunte no manne grace
A ryse a wake amend here while thou may
Note: Acrostic warning of death, three 5-line stanzas rhyming abbba baaab abbba, preceded by a French couplet, ‘Test le myrroure pur lez Iofenes Dames a regardir / and maytyn pure lour testes b (?v)ealiunt adressere’; ends, ‘Explicit’.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 241.
Cutler, John L. “A Middle English Acrostic.” Modern Language Notes 70 (1955): 87-89: 88.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 121-2.