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It fell against a midsummer month
‘The Songe of Sir Andraye Barton, Knight’ — forty 8-line stanzas stanzas (abcbdefe, sometimes ababcded) and a concluding quatrain (abab) or eighty-two 4-line stanzas (abcb)
Note: Variants on the ballad printed on ballad sheets, of which ed. Percy (1765), 2.193; Child (1857), 7.55-71; Child (1882), 3.343-6, 4.503-7.
Title(s): ‘The Songe of Sir Andraye Barton, Knight’
Subjects: songs; political poems
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — abcbdefe, ababcded, abcb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27879, p. 490
First Lines:
AS itt beffell in Mdsumer time
when burds singe sweetlye on euery tree
our noble King King Henery the viijth
ouer the riuer of Thames past hee…
Last Lines:
…yett ffor the manfull part þat hee hath playd
both heere & beyond the sea
his men shall haue halfe a crowne a day
to bring them to my brother King Iamye
Editions:
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. London: J. Dodsley, 1765, and subsequent editions: 2.177.
Ritson, Joseph. A Selection of English Songs. 3 vols. London: for J. Johnson, 1783: 1.313.
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 3.399-418.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: 3.338-42.
Gummere, Francis Barton. Old English Ballads. Boston: Ginn, 1894: 130-41.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 407-12.
Leach, Edward, ed. The Ballad Book. New York: Harper, 1955: 467-75.
2.Source: York, York Minster: now missing, and considered lost since Raine’s edition, ff. 1-?
First Lines:
It fell against a Midsomer moneth
When birds soonge well in euery tree
Our worthe prence Kinge Henrye
He roode untoe a chelvellrye…
Last Lines:
…Euery Englishe man shall haue eightten pens a daie
That did mainetayne his feight soe free
And euerye Scotchman a shillinge a daie
Till they come atte my brother Jamie Jamiee
Note: Written by a hand of the sixteenth century; numbered 25; MS formerly belonged to families of Lamplugh and Davenant.
Editions:
Raine, James, ed. A Volume of English Miscellanies Illustrating the History and Language of the Northern Counties of England. Surtees Society 85 (1890): 64-75.