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DIMEV 2176
IMEV 1303.5
NIMEV TM 518
I have been a forester / Long and many a day
A ‘jolly forester’ song: the old lover — six 5-line stanzas
Note: Cf. 2175; and for a companion song see 6503.
Subjects: songs, popular; foresters
Versification: — five-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, f. 65v
Editions:
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: 1.50.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 244.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 313-14.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 408-9.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 48.