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IMEV 684
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Do do nightingale sing full merry
A fragment of a popular song — two quatrains (abcb) or two long couplets
Subjects: songs, popular
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Dublin, Representative Church Body Library, Dublin D11.1.2 [olim Kilkenny, St Canice’s Library; Red Book of Ossory], ff. 72rb; 74ra
First Lines:
Do do nihtyngale synge ful myrie
Shal y neure for þyn loue Lengre karie…
Last Lines:
…Do do nyȝtyngale Syng wel mury
Shal y neure for þyn loue Lengre kary
Note: Written as quatrains.
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission, Tenth Report, Appendix, Part V: The Manuscripts of the Marquis of Ormonde, The Earl of Fingall, The Corporations of Waterford, Galway, etc. (1885): App. 5: 245.
Graves, James. “English and Norman Songs of the Fourteenth Century.” Notes and Queries 1st ser. 2 (1850): 385-6: 385.
Seymour, St. John Delincourt. Anglo-Irish Literature, 1200-1582. Cambridge: at the UP, 1929; and several repr: 97.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: cxviii; 1977, cxvi.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature in Old and Middle English.” Leeds Studies in English 5 (1936): 1-49: 40.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 187.
Stemmler, Theo. “More English Texts from MS. Cambridge University Library Ii.III.8.” Anglia 93 (1975): 1-16: 112, 39, 62.