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Somewhat musing
Earl Rivers, written while imprisoned at Pontrefact — five 8-line stanzas
Note: The music that accompanies all but one of the witnesses is by Robert Fayrfax.
Author(s): Anthony Wydeville (earl Rivers)
Subjects: Rivers, Earl, Anthony Woodville, Lord Scales and second Earl Rivers; Woodville, Anthony, Lord Scales and second Earl Rivers
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus 1005, ff. 1v
Transcription:
Somewhat musing and more mourning
in remembryng þe vnstedfastnes þis world beyng
of such walyng[ ]rue contraryyng
what may I gese I feyr dowteles[ ]
hope to fynd a specyall remedy
let it ouerpass and thynk þeron no more
Note: Fragment, preceded by end of another stanza or song, ‘chaunce wyllyng to dye with verte & vide’; with musical notation. Fallows (1993) observes that Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus 1005, Wells, Wells Cathedral Library Music MSS, Fayrfax frag., and New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4185 all derive from the same manuscript.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 33v-35
Note: With musical notation.
Editions:
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 180.
Smith, John Stafford. A Collection of English Songs, composed about the year 1500. London: Bland, 1779: no. 9.
Turner, Sharon. History of England from the Norman Conquest to the Accession of Edward the First…from the Accession of Edward the First to the Death of Henry V…comprising the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. 3 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814, 1815, 1823; many editions: 3.465.
The Chronicles of the White Rose of York: a series of historical fragments…reign of King Edward the Fourth London: James Bohn, 1845: 209.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs from the Time of King Henry the Third to the Revolution. London, 1790. Further editions as Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 149.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 361-2.
Stevens, John, ed. Early Tudor Songs and Carols. Musica Britannica 36. London: Stainer and Bell, 1975.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, ff. 120v-122
Note: With musical notation.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 423-4.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 254-5.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 90-4.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.XII, f. 170v
Editions:
Hearne, Thomas. Joannis Rossi antiquarii Warwicensis Historia Regum Anglia. Oxford: Sheldonian, 1716, 1745: 214.
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. London: J. Dodsley, 1765, and subsequent editions: 2.46 (ed. 1839).
5.Source: Wells, Wells Cathedral Library Music MSS, Fayrfax frag.
Note: With musical notation. Fallows (1993) observes that Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus 1005, Wells, Wells Cathedral Library Music MSS, Fayrfax frag., and New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4185 all derive from the same manuscript.
6.Source: New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4185, end flyleaf, verso
Transcription:
Sumwhat musyng
in remembryng
þe vnstedfastnes
þis world beyng
of such walyng
What may I gesse
for vnkyndnes
with owttyn lese
and no redress
me doth a wa[ ]
with dysplesans
to me grewans
and no su…
Note: Portions of pages cut away to fit as endleaves to seventeenth-century song book. With musical notation. Fallows (1993) observes that Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus 1005, Wells, Wells Cathedral Library Music MSS, Fayrfax frag., and New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4185 all derive from the same manuscript.