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Kitt she wept I asked why so
An erotic carol — five quatrains and ten-line burden: ‘Kytt hathe lost hur key hur key / Goode Kytt hath lost hure key / She ys soo sory for the cause / She wottes nott what to say / She ys soo sory fore the cause / She wott not what to say to say / Goode Kytt good Kytt / She ys soo sory for the cause / She wot not [what] to say to say / Good Kytt’
Note: For a later sequel, cf. Collier (1853), 1.55; Tilley (1950) K 109. Formerly indexed at same location by burden.
Subjects: carols, amorous; songs, erotic
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
Kytt she wept I axyde wy soo
That she made all thys mone
she sayde Alas I am soo woo
my key ys lost and gone
kytt has lost hure key…
Last Lines:
…Now fare well kytt I can nomore
I wot not what to say
But I shall pray to gode therefore
That yow may fynde your key
Editions:
Pearce, Charles William. A Collection of Songs and Madrigals by English Composers of the close of the 15th Century. Plainsong and Medieval Music Society. London: Quaritch, 1891: xvii, 1-2.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 261-2.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 138.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 310; 1977, 279.