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I ne may a live
A fragment of an early soldiers’ song, sung by the followers of Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of Essex, in one MS of Matthew Paris, Historia Anglorum — couplet
Subjects: songs, soldiers’; de Mandeville, Geoffrey, earl of Essex
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 14 C.VII, f. 49
Transcription:
I ne mai a liue
for benoir ne for Iue
Note: Marginal annotation. Written as prose.
Editions:
Round, John Horace. Geoffrey de Mandeville. London, NY: Longmans, 1892: 213.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature in Old and Middle English.” Leeds Studies in English 5 (1936): 1-49: 42.
Royster, James F. “English Tags in Matthew of Paris.” Modern Language Review 4 (1908-09): 509-10: 509.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. Early Middle English Literature. London: Methuen, 1939, 1951: 269.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 206.
Scattergood, V. John. Politics and Poetry in the Fifteenth Century. London: Blandford Press, 1971: 23.