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Love is natural to every wight
One mistress is best — three 5-line stanzas (ababc) with 4-line burden: ‘Smale pathis to the grenewode / Will I loue & shall I loue / Will I loue & shall I loue / No mo maydyns but one’
Subjects: carols, amorous
Versification: — five-line — ababc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 111v-115
First Lines:
Loue is naturall to euery wyght
Indyfferent to euery creature…
Last Lines:
…Foreuer yff she will trew be
And loue her only whereeuer she gone
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 68.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 313; 1977, 283.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 382-3.