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Fowls in the frith
I walk with sorrow — one 5-line stanza
Subjects: love, unrequited; songs
Versification: — five-line — abbab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 139 (SC 21713), f. 5
Transcription:
Foweles in þe frith
þe fisses in te flod
And I mon ware wod
Mulch sorwe I walke with
for beste of bon and blod
Facsimiles:
Woolridge, Harry Ellis, and Anselm Hughes. Early English Harmony. 2 vols. London: Quaritch, 1897, 1913: plate vii.
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.10.
Editions:
Smith, John Stafford. Musica Antiqua: a Selection of Music …. London: Preston, 1812: 1.11.
Woolridge, Harry Ellis. The Polyphonic Period. The Oxford History of Music. 2 vols. Vols 1, 2 Oxford: Clarendon, 1901: 2.101.
Madan, Falconer, ed. A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford…. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1895-1953; ed. by Falconer et al: 4.534.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 5.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 14.
Bad Key: Patterson1916: 436-7.
Trend, J. B. “The First English Songs.” Music & Letters 9 (1928): 111-28: 9.112.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 119.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 291.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 463.
Mason, Harold Andrew. Humanism and Poetry in the Early Tudor Period. London: Routledge and Paul, 1959: 158.
Stemmler, Theo. Die englischen Liebesgedichte des MS. Harley 2253. Bonn: Druck Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, 1962: 89.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 52.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 25.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 111.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 549.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 116.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 38.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 7.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 142.