The Devonshire Manuscript/hate whom ye list for I kare not

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A my herte a what eilith the Greting to you bothe yn hertye wyse
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 78v

f. [78v]

1    hate whom{_o} ye list for I kare not
2    love whom ye list & spare not
3    do what ye list & drede not
4    think what ye liste I fere not
5    for as for me I am not
6    {es}{{th}+t+} but even as one that reckes not
7    whyther ye hate or hate not
8    for yn yor love I dote not
9    Wherefor I pgra{gA} pray aye1 you forget not
10    but love whom{_o} ye liste / for I care not


Notes & Glosses edit

     1. The scribe makes the abbreviation that supplies "ra" and then writes out the a.

Commentary edit

Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt,[1] this poem was entered by H8. The speaker, here, asserts his independence of the lady and feels neither joy nor sorrow from her behaviour.

The Folger manuscript contains a longer version of the poem. Rebholz suggests that the two surviving shorter versions of the poem (which appear in the Devonshire manuscript and Trinity College, Dublin MS D.2.7) are closer to the original poem since the second and fourth lines in the longer poem have not been dropped in revision. Rebholz also points out that all three extant versions of the poem are independent witnesses to the original.[2]

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Collation edit

1 hate] Hate DBla06 whom] whome DBla06 list for] lyste for for DBla06 kare] care DBla06
2 love] loue DBla06 whom] whome DBla06 list &] lyste and DBla06
3 do] doo DBla06 list] lyst DBla06 & drede] and fere DBla06
4 think] Seymake DBla06 liste I fere] lyst and dred DBla06
6 even] euyn DBla06 one] on DBla06 reckes] rekyth DBla06
7 whyther] whither DBla06
8 yn yor] in youre DBla06 love] loue DBla06
9 Wherefor] wherfore DBla06 pgraayepraye] pray DBla06
10 but] But DBla06 love] loue DBla06 whom] whome DBla06 liste / for I care] lyst and spare DBla06