Art. 44, In May hit murgeth when hit dawes

ART. 44, IN MAY HIT MURGETH WHEN HIT DAWES: EXPLANATORY NOTES


ABBREVIATIONS: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); Bodl.: Bodleian Library (Oxford); CCC: Corpus Christi College (Cambridge); CUL: Cambridge University Library (Cambridge); IMEV: The Index of Middle English Verse (Brown and Robbins); IMEV Suppl.: Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse (Robbins and Cutler); MED: Middle English Dictionary; MWME: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050–1500 (Severs et al.); NIMEV: A New Index of Middle English Verse (Boffey and Edwards); NLS: National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

9 With love. This phrase points two ways: ladies who are bright with love, and the poet who would bind one of them with love.

17 lastes bed. “Offer them vices, that is, tempt them to sin.” See MED, last (n.(3)), sense (c), for the phrase.

30 Lounde . The place is either Lound or London.

33 stevenyng. “Tryst.” This line is the only instance attested in the MED; see stevening (n.(2)), “an assignation, appointment.”

35 yeynchar. “Turning back”; see MED, yenchar (n.).

41 ou. “You,” as accepted by all editors except Wright 1842. Wright’s reading, on, “one,” is also plausible, both in s