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This ender day when me was woe
Fragment of a carol, probably on an amorous theme — one 3-line stanza and burden: ‘I have loued so many a day / Ligthly spedde bot better I may’
Subjects: carols, amorous; chansons d’aventure
Versification: — three-line — aab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5666, f. 3v
Transcription:
This ender day wen me was wo
Naghtgale to meue me to
Vnder a bugh ther I lay
Note: The manuscript is in the handwriting of Friar John Brackley (f. 1v).
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1877; first published 1790; ed. William Carew Hazlitt : xlvi.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 323; 1977, 294.
Sandison, Helen Estabrook. The ‘Chanson d’Aventure’ in Middle English. Bryn Mawr College Monographs, Monograph Series 12. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College, 1913: 59.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 180.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 110.