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The little pretty nightingale
‘I loue none but you alone’ — five cross-rhymed quatrains
Title(s): ‘I loue none but you alone’
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 8v
Transcription:
the lytell prety nyghtyngale
a mang þe trys[?] greyn
I wold I were I wold I were
with hyr all nyght
but yet ye wot nat wat[?] I meyng
Note: Imperfect variant. Notes obscure some of the text.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 262.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 9v
First Lines:
The lytyll prety nyghtyn gale
among the leuys fayre and grene grene I wolde I were
I were wyth hure all nyght
but yet ye wote not whome I mene…
Last Lines:
…lady I cryed wyth rufull mone
haue mynd of me that true hath bene
for I loue none but you alone
But yet ye wot not whome I mene
Editions:
Rimbault, Edward Francis. A Little Book of Songs and Ballads. London: J. R. Smith, 1851: 57.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Captain Cox., His Ballads and Books. Ballad Society 7 (1871); repr. New Shakespeare Society, 1890: cxxviii.
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: 8.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 263.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 139.