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Alas alas alas is my chief song
Walter Frye, The forsaken lover welcomes death — one 8-line stanza with music
Note: Cf. 271.
Author(s): Walter Frye
Subjects: lover’s lament
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 91 [Mellon chansonnier], f. 77v-79
First Lines:
Alas alas Alas is my chief song
ffor peyne androo nout other can y syng…
Last Lines:
…With the trew turtil all chaunge for sveryng
welchome my deth certeynement vne and pley
The groundoof
The groundoof
Note: Not Beinecke Library 9 as listed in Brown and Robbins (1943).
Editions:
Bukofzer, Manfred F. “An Unknown Chansonnier of the 15th Century (The Mellon Chansonnier).” “Musical Quarterly” 28 (1942): 14-49: 42-5.
Menner, Robert J. “Three Fragmentary English Ballades in the Mellon Chansonnier.” Modern Language Quarterly 6 (1945): 381-7: 386.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 150-1.