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Thread #81177 Message #1485154
Posted By: Peace
15-May-05 - 01:00 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add:Married Woman's Lament (wish I was single)
Subject: RE: A Married Woman's Lament (wish I was single)
This type of song/poem predates both Middle and Modern English. See "The Wife's Lament" (available on many sites with a Google search). It is readily available in Old English, but that wouldn't help many people. However, even a translation gives the sense that 'the lament' is not new to us--not suggesting anyone thinks it is.