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Shall I by whom all thing began
James Ryman song, thirteen cross-rhymed quatrains with first repeated after each of the remaining twelve as if a burden
Author(s): James Ryman



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 55v-56
First Lines:
Shalle I by whome alle thing beganne
Dere moder shalle I soo
Shal I dye for synfull manne
And suffre payne and woo
My dere sonne thou diddest nevir mys
Wherefor shuldest thou so doo…
Last Lines:
…Wherin with me ay thou shalt rayne
Where nevir shalle be woo
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 231-3.