The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3136
IMEV 1921
NIMEV 1921
Little wot it any man / how derne love may stand
The Way of Woman’s Love — five 8-line stanzas (ababccdd) including 2-line refrain, ‘Ever and o for my leof ich am in grete thoghte / I thenche on hire þat I ne seo nout ofte’
Note: For religious version see 3137.
Title(s): The Way of Woman’s Love
Subjects: women; love
Versification: — eight-line — ababccdd

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 128r2-128v
First Lines:
Lutel wot hit anymon
hou derne loue may stonde
bote hit were a frewymmon
þat muche of loue had fonde…
Last Lines:
…ase sterres beþ in welkne ant graces sour ant suete
Whose loueþ vntrewe his herte is selde seete
Euer & oo etc.
Note: First four lines of each stanza written two lines of verse per line of MS.
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