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Now Bairns Birds bold and blithe
Against my will I take my Leave — eight 8-line stanzas with ‘…take my leue’ refrain
Subjects: death, approach of; friendship
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 407va-407vb
First Lines:
Nou Bernes Buirdes bolde and blyþe
to blessen ow her nou am I bounde…
Last Lines:
…Crist kepe ow out of cares colde
ffor nou is tyme to take my leue
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.76-78.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 289-91.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 666-8.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 134-6.
Ellis, George, ed. Specimens of the Early English Poets. London: Edwards, 1790; 3 vols, 1801; 5th ed., London: Washburne, 1845; rev. ed., 1 vol., 1863: 1.265-68.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 144-5.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 226-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 129rb-129rc
First Lines:
NOu Bernes buyurdes bolde & bliþe
To blessen owhere nou am I bounde…
Last Lines:
…Crist kepe ow out of cares colde
ffor now is tyme to take me leue
Attributed Title: Explicit a sonte of I take my leue (f. 129rc)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.