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I wot a bird in a bower as beryl so bright
Annot and Iohon — five 10-line aliterative stanzas
Title(s): Annot and Iohon
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — ten-line — aaaaaaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 63-63v
First Lines:
Ichot a burde in a bour ase beryl so bryht
Ase saphyr in seluer semly on syht…
Last Lines:
…He haueþ me to hede þis hendy anon
Gentil ase jonas heo joyeþ wiþ Ion
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 25-7.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 145-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 136-8.
Warton, Thomas. The History of English Poetry. London, 1824; rev. ed., William Carew Hazlitt London, 1871: 1.34 (lines 1-18, 27-30 only).
Guest, Edwin. A History of English Rhythms. London: W. Pickering, 1838: 2.298 (st. 1-3 only).
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 31-2.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 465.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 150-7.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 21-2.
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 14-16.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 28.