The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
I am a woman I may be bold
A wanton’s desires — five couplets and a 10-line heading,
abbreviated in repetition as pseudo-burden
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; women, satire directed against; love, carnal, evils of
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578
, f. 105v
If I be wanton I wotte well why I wole fayn tary another year
wanton war shall walk for me shall walk for me…
…If I were wedded I wold be glade
as for the sowrowe þat
“Weitere Beiträge zur englischen Lyric des 15 und 16
Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und
107 (1901): 48-61: 58.
Plummer, John F.
“The Woman’s Song in Middle English and its European
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John F. Plummer, ed.
XV. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1981:
135-54: 147 (burden only).