The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
I am beguiled
of a wight that works me woe
Lament of the rejected lover — 37 lines in 6-line stanzas with an
‘O’ and ‘I’ refrain
Subjects: laments; lover’s lament; women, faithlessness of; love, unrequited
1.Source: Shrewsbury, Shropshire Libraries, Local Studies Dept. Deeds No. 16329 (rental roll) [olim Lilleshall Abbey]
y am by wylt of a wyȝt þat worches me wo
wemmen y warye in world ȝwer y go…
…wyth an on & an y þys newe world wole gon
forster in freth no more lemmon
fur fastene on þi flesch so fals forte
Note: Six stanzas with added lines in the second stanza and first line of a
Cox, D. C., and Carter Revard.
“A New ME O-and-I Lyric and its Provenance.”
54 (1985): 33-46: 38-9.