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Summer is comen with love to toun
The Thrush and the Nightingale — in 12-line stanzas
Title(s): The Thrush and the Nightingale
Subjects: birds, as narrators; dialogues, bird; women, debates concerning
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 136vb-138rb
First Lines:
Somer is comen wiþ loue to toune
Wiþ blostme and wiþ brides roune…
Last Lines:
…Ne rechi neuere weder I fle
A wai ich wille driue
Note: 192 lines
Attributed Title: Ci comence le cuntent par entre le Mauuis et la russinole (f. 136v)
Facsimiles:
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.241-5.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.50-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 101-7.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 285.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 56-61.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 239-48.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 279va-b
First Lines:
L[enten is comen] wiþ loue [to toun]
Wiþ blosme & wiþ briddes roun…
Last Lines:
…Thane leue to aliȝt here
In orchard & in erbere…
Note: 74 lines; begins and ends imperfectly. Cf. 3050.
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. A Penni Worth of Witte, Florice and Blauncheflour…. Abbotsford Club 29. Edinburgh, 1857: 45-8.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: XI - XIII.” Anglia 4 (1881): 180-210: 208-10.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Der mittelenglische streit zwischen drossel und nachtigall.” Anglia 43 (1919): 52-60: 52-9.