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My lady went to Canterbury
A nonsense carol — eight quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘My harte of golde as true as stele / As I me lened to a bough / In fayth but yf ye loue me well / Lorde so robyn lough’
Note: Cf. Ravenscroft (1609).
Subjects: nonsense; carols, humorous
Versification: — four-line — abab



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , ff. 10v-11v
First Lines:
My lady went to caunterbury
The saynt to be her bothe…
Last Lines:
…The cow brake lose the rope ran home
Syr god gyue yow good morow
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 38-40.
Editions:
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 134.
Bliss, Philip, ed. Bibliographical Miscellanies. Oxford, 1815: 53.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 254.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 143.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, ed. The Oxford Book of Light Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1938: 187.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 318-9; 1977, 290-1.
Roberts, Denys Kilham. Straw in the Hair: an Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse. London: Bodley Head, 1953: 155.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 174-5.