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DIMEV 151
IMEV 13.8
NIMEV TM 85
A Robin gentle Robin
Women kind and unkind — eleven to twenty lines in quatrains
Note: In London, British Library Addit. 31922 eleven lines in three stanzas; in London, British Library Addit. 28636 and London, British Library Egerton 2711, attributed to Wyatt and expanded to five quatrains and burden; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 85.
Author(s): Thomas Wyatt
Subjects: complaints, lovers’; women, praise of; women, against
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 22v
First Lines:
My ladye is vnkynde pardye
allas why is she soo
She loves another Betere then I
and yet she wyll saye N
Note: First occurrence in MS, one stanza with refrain (‘Lo Robyn…’) only.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], ff. 24-24v
First Lines:
My ladye ys wnkynd pardy
alas why is she soo
she lowes another Better then I
and yett she wyll say noo…
Last Lines:
…at others fyers thy self to warn
and lett them warn wyth the
Note: Second occurrence in MS, four stanzas with refrain.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 28636, f. 34
Note: Transcript of London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire].
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 272.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 23.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, f. 53v
Facsimiles:
Foxwell, Agnes Kace. The Poems of Sir Thomas Wiat. London: University of London, 1933: 1.62 facing.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 241-2.
Reese, Gustave. Music in the Renaissance. New York: Norton, 1954: 770.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 111, 405.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 38-9.
5.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2711, f. 37v
Editions:
Foxwell, Agnes Kace. The Poems of Sir Thomas Wiat. London: University of London, 1933: 1.106.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics. Boston and London: D.C. Heath, 1907: 10.
Tillyard, Eustace, and Mandeville Wetenhall, eds. The Poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt. London: Chatto and Windus, 1929: 90.