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Sure song in time past hath been doun a doun
A ‘ballet’ sung at the Conduit in Cheap in honor of Edward VI, c. 1548 — six long quatrains (aabb) and burden: ‘Syng vp hart syng up hart an[d] syng no more do[w]ne / But joy in king edward þat wereth the crowne’
Subjects: carols, political; occasional verse; Edward VI
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 17, f. 37v
First Lines:
Sur song in tyme past hath ben downe a downe
And longe yt hath lasted in towre and towne…
Last Lines:
…but allway do your cure his pleasure to fulfyll
Then shall yow kepe right shure the honour of England styll
Note: Transcription from Greene (1935).
Editions:
Strype, John. Ecclesiastical Memorials. 6 vols. Oxford, 1822: 2.ii.329.
Esdaile, Arundell James Kenedy. The Age of Elizabeth. London: G. Bell, 1915: 1.
Fairholt, Frederick William. “The Civic Garland.” Percy Society 19. London: Richards, 1845: 9.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 297-8; 1977, 266-7.