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I am as I am and so I will be
The rebellious lover, attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt — 10 monorhyming quatrains
Note: Cf. Utley (1945), 106-10.
Author(s): Thomas Wyatt (attrib.)
Subjects: carols, amorous; love, vicissitudes of
Versification: — four-line — aaaa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 85
First Lines:
I am as I am and so wilbe
but how that I am none knoith trulie…
Last Lines:
…I do proteste as ye maye see
that I am as I am and so will I bee
Note: 40 lines; burden lacking.
Editions:
Nott, G. F. The Works of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey and of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder. London, 1816: 2.262.
Foxwell, Agnes Kace. The Poems of Sir Thomas Wiat. London: University of London, 1933: 1.354.
Tillyard, Eustace, and Mandeville Wetenhall, eds. The Poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt. London: Chatto and Windus, 1929: 126.
Muir, Kenneth. Collected Poems [Sir Thomas Wyatt]. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1950: 54-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton. “Wyatt’s ‘I am as I am’ in Carol-form.” Review of English Studies n.s. 15 (1964): 175-80: 176.
Bender, Robert M. Five Courtier Poets of the English Renaissance. New York, 1967: 128.
MacQueen, John, ed. Ballattis of Luve. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1970: 65.
Daalder, Joost. Sir Thomas Wyatt: Collected Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 179.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 286-7.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 154-155v
First Lines:
I am as I am and so will I be
Bot how þat I am nane knawis trewlie…
Last Lines:
…I do protest as ȝe may se
That I am as I am and so will I be
Note: 40 lines.
Attributed Author: be dumbar (f. 155v)
Attributed Title: Heir endis the tesment of maister andro kennedy Maid be dumbar quhen he wes lyk to dy (f. 155v)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 3.731.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 4.2-3.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 287-8.
3.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 160, Part 2, f. 107
First Lines:
…I doo not reioyse nor yet complayne
both myrth and sadnes I doo refrayne…
Last Lines:
…I do protest as ye doo se
that I am as I am and soo wyll I dy
Note: Omits burden and lines 1-8.
Editions:
Muir, Kenneth. Unpublished Poems [by] Sir Thomas Wyatt and His Circle. English Reprints Series 18. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 1961: 81-2.
Muir, Kenneth, and Patricia Thomson. Collected Poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 1969: 148.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 287.
4.Source: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Lat. 35 [olim Lyell; Quaritch Sale Cat. 699, Item 61], f. iii
First Lines:
I ham as I ham & so will I be
but howe I ham none knowithe truly…
Last Lines:
…but myrthe renewithe
When louyars meate ayen
Note: 16 lines added to flyleaf with burden ‘Adew sewte…’.
Facsimiles:
Morford, John. Library Chronicle of the Friends of the University of Pennsylvania Library. 25 (1959):: 80.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. “Wyatt’s ‘I am as I am’ in Carol-form.” Review of English Studies n.s. 15 (1964): 175-80: 176-7.
Morford, John. Library Chronicle of the Friends of the University of Pennsylvania Library. 25 (1959):: 80-3.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 286.
Mason, Harold Andrew. “‘I Am As I Am.’” Review of English Studies n.s. 23 (1972): 304-08; repr. in Editing Wyatt. Cambridge, 1972: 304-8 (comp. text).