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DIMEV 271
IMEV 146
NIMEV TM 94
Alas departing is ground of woe
A love song for two voices — one 8-line stanza with music
Note: Cf. 260; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 94.
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 191, Part IV (SC 6668), ff. 194v-195
First Lines:
Alas departynge is ground of woo
odyr songe can y not syng…
Last Lines:
…þat to the deth hit wil me bryng
but yf y se hir hastily
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 3.72-3.
Bukofzer, Manfred F. “An Unknown Chansonnier of the 15th Century (The Mellon Chansonnier).” “Musical Quarterly” 28 (1942): 14-49.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 150.
Menner, Robert J. “Three Fragmentary English Ballades in the Mellon Chansonnier.” Modern Language Quarterly 6 (1945): 381-7: 386.
Buck, Percy Carter, ed. The Oxford History of Music rev. ed. 7 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1929-38: 2.4-5.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 121.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 139.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 49.