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NIMEV TM 97
Alas good man must you be kissed
Come Kiss Me — eleven quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘…ye shall not kiss me’ and three-line burden: ‘I pray yow cum kyss me / My lytle prety mopse / I pray yow com kyss me’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 97.
Subjects: carols, amorous; dialogues, lovers’
Versification: — four-line, three-line — aaab, aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library CCA-DCc-ChCh Letterbook II, 173
First Lines:
I pray yow come kyss me
My lytle prety mopse
I pray yow com kyss me

Alas good man most yow be kyst
Ye shall not now ye may me trust
Wherefore go where as ye best lust
ffor I wyss ye shall not kyss me…
Last Lines:
…And euer yore ow[ne] ye shall me fynd
At all tymys redy to kyss yow
Attributed Author: ffinys / I Wulstane
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission, Fifth Report, with Appendix. (1876): App., 458 (partly printed).
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 301-2; 1977, 270-1.
Ebsworth, Joseph Woodfall, ed. The Bagford Ballads. London, 1878; repr. New York: AMS, 1968: 1.519.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 28-30.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 521-3.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 107.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 78-9.