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If I held the low assize
Politic counsels — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Lord how scholde I roule me / Of al men I preysyd to be’
Subjects: carols, of moral counsel; counsel, moral
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 145v
First Lines:
If y holde the lowe a syse
And take a ray of lytel pryse…
Last Lines:
…Last they falle don in to thy ey
The spores that a bove they be
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.": sheet b.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 237; 1977, 210-11.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 285-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 134.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 374-5.