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Love will I with variance
A love song — four lines (with music)
Subjects: love lyrics; songs
Versification: — five-line — aaaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 191, Part IV (SC 6668), ff. 195v-196
Transcription:
luf wil with variance
be cause of repentaunce
for who so loueth with outyn gouernaunce
Oft tyme it doyh hym grevaunce
No herfor with a visance luf will with variance
Note: Repeated twice with slight variation, accompanied by musical notation.
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.73-4.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 149.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 138.