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In May when every heart is light
Lament for death of Edward IV — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Title(s): “Birds’ Praise of Love”
Subjects: birds, as narrators; May, songs of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 8v-10v
First Lines:
In may whan euery herte is lyȝt
And flourrys fresschely sprede & sprynge…
Last Lines:
…þat wele not fayle in non distresse
En dieu maffie Gauȝ departer Amen
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Ellis, Alexander John, ed. On Early English Pronunciation. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 2 (1867), 7 (1869), 14 (1871), 23 (1874), repr. 1973; issued jointly by the Philological Society, the EETS, and the Chaucer Society [2nd ser. 1, 4-5, 25] London: Trübner; ed. note: with rare exceptions, entries from these volumes are identical; where variants occur, both editions are cited: 2.463 (2 st. only).
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “A Parliament of Birds.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 7 (1907-08): 105-9: 105.
Bradshaw, Henry. “Private printing of CUL Gg.4.27.” (Cambridge, 1889); not seen since used by Ellis 1867-74; not in BL Catalogue or Bradshaw’s Collected Papers.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 287-93.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 3952, f. 105v
First Lines:
…ay whan euery herte is lyghte
[ ]ayre flourys doth sprede & springe…
Last Lines:
…[ ]lothe blake
[ ]ing edwardis sake
[ ] tyme was king
[ ] prosperite…
Note: Added to last folio of volume, partly torn away at outer edge, with loss of beginning of lines; 4 stanzas only.
Attributed Title: The lamentacione of ladyes for the deth of king Edward the iiij ty (to right of first lines by same scribe or a similar contemporary hand, f. 105v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 3952, f. 105v
Transcription:
In may whan euery herte is lyghte
And fayr flourys doþ sprede & spring
I rese me up by fore the daye bryghte
for to heyre the birddis syng
I herd a dreofull lamentinge
Off lad[yes] as was ware Cloth[yd] in blake…
Note: Added by a sixteenth-century hand with other pentrials of first line and title; 6 lines only.
Attributed Title: The lamentacione of ladyes for the deth of king edward the iij [sic] (f. 105v, on right side of leaf above this second copy and below the title attaching to the first copy in this MS)