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Now would I fain some mirths make
A Pledge of Loyalty to his Mistress — six 5-line stanzas (aabcb)
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — five-line — aabcb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 191 (SC 6667), part IV, f. 191
First Lines:
Now wolde y fayne sum merthis mak
Alonly for my lades sak…
Last Lines:
…Vn to my ende
And þat y may in her seruice euer to Amend
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.66.
Copley, J. Seven English Songs and Carols of the Fifteenth Century. Leeds English Language Texts and Monographs 6. Leeds, 1940: No. 3.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 159-60.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 299.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 468.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 178-9.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 122-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 414-5.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 51-2.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 137v
First Lines:
Now wold I fayne sum myrthis make
All onely ffor my ladys sake…
Last Lines:
…And neuer chaung hir for noone new vn to myne end
And that I may in hir seruise for evir amend
Note: Ends, ‘A god when’.
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.25.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 416-7.
Mason, Harold Andrew. Humanism and Poetry in the Early Tudor Period. London: Routledge and Paul, 1959: 169-70.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 32-3 (composite text).