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Me liketh ever the longer the bet
Grace for a Winchester civic feast — a two-part song, two quatrains (abab)
Subjects: grace, at meals; Winchester, city of; songs
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 164v
First Lines:
Me lykyþ ever þe lenger þe bet
by Wyngestyr þat joly cyte…
Last Lines:
…þe ryuers rennyt al about
Þe toun ys ruelyd apon skylle
Note: Followed by ‘Benedicamus domino alleluya alleluya’ (f. 164v).
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.": 24-5.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 256.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 374.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 218.