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O my heart and O my heart
‘My hart it is so sore’, attributed to Henry VIII — one quatrain
Author(s): Henry VIII (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘My hart it is so sore’
Subjects: lover’s lament
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, f. 22v
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 “Some Account of an Unpublished Collection of Songs and Ballads by King Henry VIII and his Contemporaries.”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: 374.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 232.
Trefusis, Mary. Songs, Ballads, and Instrumental Pieces composed by King Henry the Eighth. Roxburghe Club 161. Oxford, 1912: 9.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 390.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 17.
2.Source: San Marino, CA, Huntington Library Poem added in fifteenth-century hand to Huntington copy of Jacobus, de Voragine, Here begynneth the legende named in latyn legenda aurea, that is to say in englyshe the golden legende…, [Westminster: Printed by Wynkyn de Worde, 1493 (20 May)] , sig. gg.4v
Transcription:
O my hart and O my hart
my hart that ys so sore
sytt thatt I most frome my loue depart
& know no cause where ffore
Note: Added by a hand of c. 1500; immediately followed by 6551.
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 “Some Account of an Unpublished Collection of Songs and Ballads by King Henry VIII and his Contemporaries.”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: 374.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 232.
Trefusis, Mary. Songs, Ballads, and Instrumental Pieces composed by King Henry the Eighth. Roxburghe Club 161. Oxford, 1912: 9.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 390.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 17.