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I must go walk the wood so wild
The Banished Lover — fifteen 5-line stanzas including refrain, ‘And all for your loue my dere’
Note: The first line occurs as a title in London, British Library Sloane 3501, f. 2v; referred to by title/first line in a Lyffe of Sir Peter Carew, ed. Phillipps (1840), 113.
Title(s): The Banished Lover
Subjects: lovers, absence/separation of
Versification: — five-line — abbac



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22718, f. 14v
Transcription:
I muste goo walke the wood so wyde
Wandrynge here & ther in drede & dedlyfere
Note: First two lines scribbled.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22718, f. 54
Transcription:
I muste nedes wander here & there
& yn dedly fare
3.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 160, Part II, ff. 108-108v
First Lines:
I muste go walke the woodes so wyld
and wander here & there…
Last Lines:
…that ar the causers of this stryfe
& all for your Loue my dere
Editions:
Muir, Kenneth. Unpublished Poems [by] Sir Thomas Wyatt and His Circle. English Reprints Series 18. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 1961: 26-8.
4.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 34.B.60 [olim Bridgewater, or EL 1160], f. 11v
First Lines:
I must go walke þe woed so wyld
& wander here & there
in dred & dedly fere…
Last Lines:
…but when your bewty I do thynk
& all ffor llowe off on
Note: Added to originally blank page by a hand of very end of the fifteenth century or sixteenth century; suggestion of second line of refrain, ‘w[oul]d — none’ after first stanza; 4 stanzas including refrain, ‘& all ffor lowe off on’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 14-15.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 261.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 114.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 150-1.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 39.
5.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 34.B.60 [olim Bridgewater, or EL 1160], ff. 108v; 109; 107v
First Lines:
I must go walke the wood so wylde
& wander here & ther
in dred & dedly fere…
Last Lines:
…but when that I of hur bewtye do thynke
and all for my loue my dere
Note: Second occurrence in this MS; written as prose into margins: lines 1-5 on 108v, 6-10 and 16-20 on f. 107v, 6-9 on f. 109, by a hand of very end of the fifteenth century or sixteenth century; with variant refrain, ‘and all for my loue my dere’ or ‘and all for your loue my dere’.