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The knight knocked at the castle gate
A love song, possibly for a May disguising, by William Cornish — eight couplets with 4-line burden: Yow and I and amyas / Amyas and yow and I / To the grenewode must we go alas / Yow and I my luff and amyas
Author(s): William Cornish
Subjects: carols, amorous; pageant verses
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, ff. 45v-46
First Lines:
The knyght knokett at the castell gate
The lady meruelyd who was therat…
Last Lines:
…Thus how thay dyd we cannott say
We left them ther & went ower way
Attributed Author: ‘Cornish’ signature
Editions:
Chappell, William. “Some Account of an Unpublished Collection of Songs and Ballads by King Henry VIII and his Contemporaries.” Archaeologia 41 (1867): 371-86: 381-2.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 239-40.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 135.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 56.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932, and subsequent editions: 37.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 312; 1977, 282.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 402.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 33.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 177.