The Devonshire Manuscript/Sum summ say I love sum say I moke
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Notes & Glosses
1. The rhyme is ababcc: mock, refrain, smock, pain, believe me, grew me.
2. This may be a riddle, referring to a specific occurence. It matches the mood of love and mockery with the mention of unveiling, disguise, and cross-dressing.
Possibly written in H1.1's hand, this poem remains unattributed. The poem describes hidden motives that are interpreted differently by different people (“some say”). Although the reference to being wrapped in a woman’s smock may be metaphorical, this image could also refer to a specific incident that may have been known to the members of the coterie.
Six poetic lines appear on eight graphical lines and the rhyme scheme is ababcc: mock, refrain, smock, pain, me, me. The placement of the text, the break in the lines, the repetition of words, and other factors suggest that this poem may have been composed and recorded simultaneously.