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For my pastime upon a day
A lover’s plaint — four quatrains (abab) plus 2-line burden: ‘Colle to me the rysshys grene Colle to me’ (repeated)
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 424.
Subjects: complaints, lovers’
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 4
First Lines:
ffor my pastyme vpon A day
I walkyde Alone ryght secretly
in Amornyng of lusty may
me to Reioyce I dyd A plye…
Last Lines:
…Soo to contynew whyle my lyff endure
though I fore hure sholde suffre dethe
She hath my hart wyth owt Recure
And euer shall duryng my brethe
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.lxxv.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Captain Cox., His Ballads and Books. Ballad Society 7 (1871); repr. New Shakespeare Society, 1890: cliii.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 259-60.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London: Chappell & Co. 1893: 1.38-9.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics. Boston and London: D.C. Heath, 1907: 83.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 14v
Transcription:
Coll to me the russhes grene
Coll to me
Coll to me the russhes grene
Coll to me
Note: Burden only.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 265 n.3.