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The Devonshire Manuscript/ffanecy fframed my hart ffurst

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Go burnynge siths vnto the frosen hert fancy framed my hart ffrust
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 61v
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 62r

f. [61v]

1    ffanecy fframed my hart ffeuurst
2    to bere good wyll and seche the same
3    I sowght the best and ffownd the wourst
4    yet ffansy was no dell to blame
5    ffor ffancy hawe a dobell neame
6    and has her neame so ys her kynd1
7    ffancy a ffoo and ffancy a ffrend2

f. [62r] 

8    ffancy ffolowyd all my desyer
9    to lyk wher as I had best lust
10    what cold I mor off her requyr
11    than ffor that thyng wyche neds I must
12    and fforsyt me styl ffor to be Iust
13    in thys she showyd her selff my ffrend3
14    to mak me lord off my nown mynd

15    [thys ffraned ffancy]
15    thys ffayned ffancy at the last
16    hath ca^usyd me ffor to beware
17    off wyndy words and bablyng blast
18    wych [b] hath offtymes cast me in snare
19    and broght me ffrom my yoy4 to care
20    wherffor I mak thys promes now
21    to brek my ffancy and nat to bowe

Notes & GlossesEdit

     1. The 'y' in 'kynd' has two dots over it.
     2. The 'y' in 'ffrynd' has two dots over it.
     3. The 'y' in 'ffrynd' has two dots over it.
     4. The 'y' in 'yoy' has two dots over it.

CommentaryEdit

Written in Margaret Douglas's hand, this poem remains unattributed. H12 enters the first three lines of the poem and part of the fourth line directly below the last stanza of this poem on "fancy framed my hart ffrust" (62r). Both examples show indications of revision by an unidentified hand. "ffanecy fframed my hart ffurst" explores the common courtly trope of fancy. In this case, fancy is both foe and friend to the lover.

Textual NotesEdit

Texts CollatedEdit

LDev097

CollationEdit

ffanecy] fancy LDev097     fframed] framed LDev097     ffeuurst] ffrust LDev097 
2      wyll] m wyll LDev097     sechee] seke LDev097 
3      I] y LDev097     wo^urst] worst LDev097 
4      was no delle to blame]  LDev097 
5      ffor ffancy hawe a dobell neame]  LDev097 
6      and has her neame so ys her kynd]  LDev097 
7      ffancy a ffoo and ffancy a ffreynd]  LDev097 
8      ffancy ffolowyd all my desyer]  LDev097 
9      to lyk wher as I had best lust]  LDev097 
10      what cold I mor off her requyrer]  LDev097 
11      than ffor that thyng wyche ueds Iniust]  LDev097 
12      and fforsyth me styl ffor to be Iust]  LDev097 
13      in thys she showyd her selff my ffreynd]  LDev097 
14      to mak me lord off my nown mynd]  LDev097 
15      thys ffraned ffancy]  LDev097 
15.1      thys ffayned ffancy at the last]  LDev097 
16      hath ca^usyd me ffor to beware]  LDev097 
17      off wyndy words and bablyng blast]  LDev097 
18      wych b hath offtymes cast me in snare]  LDev097 
19      and broght me ffrom my yyoy to care]  LDev097 
20      wherffor I mak thys promes now]  LDev097 
21      to brek my ffancy and nat to bowe]  LDev097