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Sith the time I knew you first
‘Why soo vnkende’ — six couplets with three-line burden: ‘Why soo vnkende alas / Why soo vnkende to me / Soo to be kende to me’
Subjects: carols, amorous; lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 6
First Lines:
Syne the tyme I knew yow fyrst
You were my Ioy and my trust
Why soo vnkende alas
why so vnkende to me
Soo to be kende to me…
Last Lines:
…Ye haue my hart ye haue my love
Gode sende me youres that syttyth above
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 261.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 305; 1977, 274.