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DIMEV 3653
IMEV 2271.2
NIMEV TM 1070
My sovereign lord for my poor sake
William Cornish, A lady (probably Catherine of Aragon) rejoices at her lover in a chivalric tournament, probably with reference to Henry VIII — six 6-line stanzas (aaabbc) with burden: ‘Whilles lyue or breth is in my brest / My souerayne lord I shall loue best’
Note: See Greene (1977), 487.
Author(s): William Cornish
Subjects: tournaments; Henry VIII; carols, amorous; women, as speakers/narrators; Catherine of Aragon
Versification: — six-line — aaabbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, f. 54v
Editions:
Chappell, William. “Some Account of an Unpublished Collection of Songs and Ballads by King Henry VIII and his Contemporaries.” Archaeologia 41 (1867): 371-86: 378-9.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 242.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics. Boston and London: D.C. Heath, 1907: 90.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 405-6.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 40.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 273-4.