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NIMEV TM 635
I can be wanton and if I will
I can be wanton — six cross-rhyming quatrains
Note: Cf. 2101.
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 176 (SC 6659), f. 98v
First Lines:
I can be wanton & yf I wyll
but yf youe touche me I wyll crye howe
I can be merye & thinke no evell
but yet beware one cometh I trowe…
Last Lines:
…But for all that doe what youe Lyst
& I wilbe styll & crye howe no more
Note: At the end: ‘Fynis’.
Editions:
Wagner, B. M. “New Songs of the Reign of Henry VIII.” Modern Language Notes 50 (1935): 452-55: 452-3.