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Sovereign lord in earth most excellent
A carol for the king (perhaps Henry VII) — two stanzas rhyme royal and burden: ‘Enforce yourself as goddis knyght / To strenkyþ your comyns in þer ryght’ (repeated)
Author(s): Edmund Turges
Subjects: carols, political; Henry VII
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 115v-116
First Lines:
Souerayne lorde in erth most excellent
Whom god hath chose oure gyde to be…
Last Lines:
…In your person all ther hope is pyght
To haue recouer of þer vnryght
Attributed Author: Signature, Edmund Turges (f. 115v)
Editions:
Smith, John Stafford. A Collection of English Songs, composed about the year 1500. London: Bland, 1779: 31.
Pearce, Charles William. A Collection of Songs and Madrigals by English Composers of the close of the 15th Century. Plainsong and Medieval Music Society. London: Quaritch, 1891: no. 3.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 68.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 296-7; 1977, 266.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 383.
Stevens, John, ed. Early Tudor Songs and Carols. Musica Britannica 36. London: Stainer and Bell, 1975: 144.