The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Alas poor man what chance have I
Secret love — two quatrains
Subjects: love lyrics
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 316B
, f. 114
Alas poor man what chans havy
þat must for bar whom y love
y trow yt be my desteny…
…Soo wold yow say in yowr good harte
yff that suches payns yow
ded in dewr
Note: Added to flyleaf at end by a later hand of the fifteenth or sixteenth
centuries; followed by another line of English, ‘Trv lool[?] vetew &
tru loue kyepe…’, possibly beginning of a third stanza.
Mynors, Roger Aubrey Baskerville,
Catalogue of Manuscripts in Balliol College Library.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 334.