The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
I have to a seemly that I beset send mine sond
One monorhymed quatrain (or two monorhymed quatrains) of alliterative verse,
about the sending of a gift to a beloved.
Subjects: lyrics; love; gift
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 499
, f. 67
I haue to a semly that i bi sete
send mine sonde selliche
þat is brithure in bur þen basote ant bete
yif that burde
haues broken best is to bete
godli greythet vnder gere wid gomen i the
geynes noth for a gab grimeli to grete
þe laic of that leuedy
me is loth lete
hire loue is ful lefly in lond as I Lete
Note: Added to the margin of a Latin manuscript. Written as prose, with
‘diffra’ to the left.
Pickering, Oliver S.
“Newly Discovered Secular Lyrics from Later Thirteenth-Century
Review of English Studies
n.s. 43 (1992): 157-80: 165-6.