The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Before my death this lay of sorrow I sing
The Lay of Sorrow — 185 lines in twenty-one stanzas, generally of 9 lines
Title(s): The Lay of Sorrow
Subjects: death, approach of
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden B. 24 (SC 3354)
, ff. 217-219
Befor my deth this lay of sorow I sing
With carefull melodye and
…Of him the quhich enheryit hath þe Rent
Of fair langage
to all þe Worldis ere
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards, eds.
Chaucer, Works. Bodleian Library MS Arch Selden B.24: Facsimile
Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995.
Wilson, Kenneth George.
“The Lay of Sorrow and The Lufaris Complaynt: An Edition.”
29 (1954): 708-26: 716-19.