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DIMEV 3453
IMEV 2135
NIMEV 2135
May no man sleep in your hall
An erotic song — three 9-line stanzas (abcdbdddb)
Subjects: songs, erotic
Versification: — nine-line — abcdbdddb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, ff. 170v-171
First Lines:
May no man sher slepe in ȝoure halle
for & dogges madame for dogges madam
but ȝyf he haue a ten tent of xv ynshe
With twey clogges madame…
Last Lines:
…by tuyne my lady thyes
to dryve a wey the flyes madame
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.".
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.".
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 27-8.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 105-6.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 132-3.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 89.