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NIMEV TM 418
For as ye list my will is bent
‘Even as ye lyst’, ascribed to Thomas Wyatt — seven 5-line stanzas (aaaab) with this refrain, and (1 MS only) 2-line burden: ‘As power and wytt wyll me assyst / My wyll shall wyll euyn as ye lyst’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 418; cf. Greene (1964), 178-9.
Author(s): Thomas Wyatt (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘Even as ye lyst’
Subjects: carols, amorous
Versification: — five-line, two-line — aaaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 20
First Lines:
For as ye lyst my wyll ys bent
In euerythyng to be content…
Last Lines:
…Yet take thys tale as trew as gospell
Ye may my lyff save or expell
Evyn as ye lyst
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 315-6; 1977, 285.
Foxwell, Agnes Kace. The Poems of Sir Thomas Wiat. London: University of London, 1933: 1.276.
Muir, Kenneth. Collected Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1950: 106.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 18752, ff. 89v-90
First Lines:
Evyn as you lyst my wyll ys bent
Yn everythynge to be content…
Last Lines:
…Thys tall take trew as the gospell
My lyfe you may both saue & spylle
Even as you lyst
Editions:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. “The Sixteenth Century Lyrics in Add. MS. 18,752.” Anglia 33 (1909): 344-69: 362.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 285-6.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Rastell, John, Song Sheet, (fragment, unassigned STC number)
First Lines:
[ ] hath chosen you onely [ ]
To be my ioy or els my mone…
Last Lines:
…My lyfe ye may saue or [spell]
Euen as ye lyst
Note: Rastell (in British Library, was as yet unnumbered in 1996).