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I rede that thou be jolly and glad
On the Choice of Friends — nine lines in two stanzas (ababa + cdcd)
Subjects: friends; anger; songs
Versification: — two-line — ababa, cdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 381 (SC 21956), f. 22v
First Lines:
I rede [ ]
[ ] euer more if ie spie…
Last Lines:
…he wol do al that ever he can
for to make men angri as he ys
Note: Damaged, partly unreadable.
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.59-60.
Wooldridge, Harry Ellis, ed. “The Polyphonic Period, Part 2: Method of Music Art, 1330-1600” The Oxford History of Music. Vol. 2 Oxford, 1905 (2 vols. Oxford, 1901-5): 129.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 161
Transcription:
I rede þat þu be ioly & glad
& euer more þu a spye
ho be to wrong oþer tosad
put hym out of þy companye
& so þu mist bne myry & glad
for by my truþe an angri man
and hym like out a mys
ho wol do al þat he can
to make men angeri as he ys
Note: Followed by secundus Versus but blank staves below.
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.".
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 12-13.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 214 (>critical text).