Sawles Warde (O.E. Hom.) 253, wa is me, and wa beo [ie ... and wa ha habbeit, ne of al j>at eauer wa is, 11e schal ham neauer wontin.
King Horn, Camb. MS. 279, In heorte heo had.de wo.
Cursor Mundi, C interpol, p. 959/125, IIow mijt hc haf more woo?
Destr. of Troy 1288, Myche woo kade pc wegh. I doubt, however, whether this phrase influenced the transition process to any appreciable extent. If it had been of frequent occurence, it would probably have had the sarae effect upon me is wo as I have leef had on me is leef, but as a matter of fact, wo habben is not of ten met with. Be this as it may, it is certain that the D construction l am wo was already in use in the first half of the 14th century, and kept its ground till Shakespeare's time. The following quotations show that examples of type D are by no means rare.
c. 1320 Cursor Mundi 8631 G, pu wicked, ay be pu wa\Y similar; C & T have the A constr.
Ibid. 1323, T he was ful wo; C, F & G have the A constr.
Ibid. 13038 G, on o])er side was scho ful wa; F & T similar; C has the A constr.
Ibid. 22105 C, Corozaim ai be ye wa; the other texts have the A constr.
Ibid. 22105 (-• And capharnaum, ai wa ye be; the other texts have the A constr.
c. 1340 Pr. of Consc. 1452, Now er men wele, now er men wa.
1369 Chaucer, Book of the Duch. 1192, In this debat I was so wo, Me thoghte myn herte braste a-tweyn.
1375 Bruce I 348, Then was he wa and will of red.
Ibid. III 410, Than war thai wa on gret maner. Ibid. IX 724, Thai... war of thair taking voundir wa.
Ibid. XIII, 478, He wes so wa and will of rede. Ibid. XV 3, Thai war al wa.
1350-1400 Emare 324, For water she was woo.
Ibid. 555, In herte he was woo.
Ibid. 882, In herte he was full woo.