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DIMEV 2744
IMEV 1636.5
NIMEV TM 836
It is so pretty in every degree
The deluded lover — four quatrains and 2-line refrain
Note: Possibly an embryonic carol.
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], f. 93v
Editions:
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 3.24.
Rimbault, Edward Francis. A Little Book of Songs and Ballads. London: J. R. Smith, 1851: no. 40.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 67.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 143.
2.Source: New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4180, f. 170
Transcription:
…please alake good Jone what may [ ]
[ ]y shall be [ ]e [ ]oll
by swyt sent denys by swete seynt denys
[ ]
Hyt ys so praty in euery degre a good [ ]
[ ]avour & in facion lo [ ]
[ ] see but hit were an angell of þe [ ]
[ ] of þe tri[ ]
[ ]
[ ] ym þat wuld of such recreacion þat god hath ordenyd in vs fyrst…
Note: Portions of pages cut away to fit as endleaves to seventeenth-century song book.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 377-8.