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Jolly shepherd of Askledown [Ercildoune?]
A love poem — originally perhaps about two 7-line stanzas
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — seven-line?



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 692 (SC 2508), f. 2v
First Lines:
Ioly cheperte of aschell down
can more on loue than al this town…
Last Lines:
…[ ] way good rownde robyn
Note: The folio is damaged and only initial lines survive complete.
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 279 (the first couplet only).
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.lxviii (2 lines only).
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 180.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: xl.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 563.