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If I had wit for to indite
‘My hart she hath and euer shall’ — six cross-rhymed quatrains
Note: Composite text ed. Chambers and Sidgwick (1907), 57; cf. 2360.
Title(s): ‘My hart she hath and euer shall’
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 18752, f. 58v
Editions:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. “The Sixteenth Century Lyrics in Add. MS. 18,752.” Anglia 33 (1909): 344-69: 350-1.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, f. 34v
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 235, 260.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 134, 138.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics. Boston and London: D.C. Heath, 1907: 78.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932, and subsequent editions: 41-2.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 396.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 26.
3.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 5v
First Lines:
[I]ff I hade wytt fore to endyte
off my lady bothe fayre And free
Off hure goodnese then wolde I wrete
schall noman know hure name for me
shall nomane know hure name for me…
Last Lines:
…My hart she hathe & euer shall
tyll by dethe departyd we be
hap what shall hape wylbe fall
shall noman know hure name fore me
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 235, 260.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 134, 138.