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NIMEV TM 154
And I were a maiden / As many one is
A girl’s progress in love — three quatrains
Note: For these and later MS copy, see Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 154; Thersites, pr. Dodsley, ed. Hazlitt (1877), 1.405; for this tune indicated for a nativity carol, see 5074.
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; love, vicissitudes of; laments; advice, moral
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 54v
Note: Title only.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 60; 1977, 50.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, ff. 106v-107
Note: Title only.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 250.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 42, 418-9.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 78-9.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1317, f. 94v
Transcription:
And I war a madyn as moni here is
for all the gold in this toune I wold not don a mise
Note: First line only.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 326; 1977, 302.