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Lenten is come with love to town / with blossom and with birds roun
Lenten is come with love to town — three 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Note: Cf. 5052-2.
Subjects: seasons, of church year
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 71va
First Lines:
Lenten ys come wiþ loue to toune
wiþ blosmen & wiþ briddes roune…
Last Lines:
…þis wunne weole y wole forgon
ant wyht in wode be fleme
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
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: 1.63-4.
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 43-4.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 164-5.
Morris, Richard, ed. Specimens of Early English A.D. 1250-A.D. 1400. Oxford, 1867 [See also Morris and Skeat (1882)]: 2.48.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 8-9.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 160.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 407-8.
Kluge, Friedrich. Mittelenglisches Lesebuch. Halle: Neimeyer, 1912: 81.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 21-2.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 164-5.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 145-6.
Marsh, George Perkins. Origin and History of the English Language. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1866: 254.
Manly, John Matthews, ed. English Poetry (1170-1892). 2 vols. Boston: Ginn, 1916; later condensed with English Prose (1137-1892) into English Prose and Poetry (1137-1892): 13.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 3-5.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 43-4.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 22-3.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 292.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 464.
Wright, Cyril Ernest. English Vernacular Hands from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Oxford: UP, 1959: 9 (with facs.).
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 53-5.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 84-6.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 41-2.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 120-1.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 87-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 6-7.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 210-11.
Dane, Joseph A. “Page Layout and Textual Autonomy in Harley MS 2253 ‘Lenten ys Come wiþ Love to Toune.’” Medium Ævum 68 (1999): 32-41: 38 (portion of text).
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 43.