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DIMEV 4449
IMEV 2797.5
NIMEV TM 1352
Red rose fair and sweet
Carol or refrain-song, perhaps connected with marriage of Princess Margaret to Janes IV of Scotland, A.D. 1503
Note: Cf. Stevens (1961), 427.
Subjects: Margaret, queen of Scotland; James IV, king of Scotland



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4180, f. 170v
Transcription:
…red rosse fayre and sote off sent trew off [c]olowre
good lord graunt both off þat dyspocicion
The red rosse [ ]
Be twene thes fflowrys the rose and the thystyll
In hyr all [ ]
[ ] in hyr all honowre
In hyr all trowyth engendryd by alyaunce
[ ] as stalke as trew as tyrtyll
As debonoure as gentyll off bewte a n[ ]
[ ] her per cam neuer in scotlond ne in france
The rede…
Note: Portions of pages cut away to fit as endleaves to seventeenth-century song book.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 427.