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Against the Frenchmen in the field to fight
A modified carol probably for the invasion of France in 1513 — one monorhyming quatrain and refrain: ‘Helpe now þi king’, and 2-line introductory burden: ‘Englond be glad pluk up thy lusty hart / Help now þi kyng and take his part’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 76.
Subjects: France, invasion of (1513)
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, ff. 100v-102
Transcription:
Ageynst the Frenchmen in the feld to fyght
I the quarell of þe church and in the ryght
With spers and sheldys on goodly horsys lyght
Bowys and arows to put them all to flyght
Help now þi king [and take his part]
Editions:
Chappell, William. “Some Account of an Unpublished Collection of Songs and Ballads by King Henry VIII and his Contemporaries.” Archaeologia 41 (1867): 371-86: 383.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 250.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 161.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 417-18.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 74.