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Love will I and leve so may befall
A love song — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: love lyrics; songs; farewells, lovers’; counsel, in love
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 88 (SC 3509), f. 93v
Transcription:
Love wylle I and leve so may be falle
Hold ȝe nat wysdome in the gouernaunce
ffor hit is a peyne vsitte who so euer shalle
Euer more for to a bide in lovys daunce
Note: 4 lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “A Late-Fifteenth Century Love Lyric.” Modern Language Notes 69 (1954): 153-60: 158.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , item 13
First Lines:
Loue wyll I & leue so yt may befall
I hold yt great wysdom in that gouernaunce…
Last Lines:
…& cowde not beware tyll I dyd aspy
how that I rode on mocke full preuely
Note: 4 lines.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 146.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 595.
Imelmann, Rudolf. “Zur Kenntnis der vor-Shakespeare’schen Lyrik: I. Wynkyn de Wordes ‘Song Book,’ 1530; II. John Dayes Sammlung der Lieder Thomas Whythornes, 1571.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Shakespeare-Gesselschaft 39 (1903): 121-78: 132-3.