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Though some sayeth that youth ruleth me
On youth and age, ascribed to Henry VIII — four 5-line monoriming stanzas including with this refrain
Author(s): Henry VIII (attrib.)
Subjects: songs, of complaint; ages of man’s life
Versification: — five-line — aaaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, ff. 71v-73
First Lines:
Though sum saith that yough rulyth me
I trust in age to tarry…
Last Lines:
…That all amend and her an end
Thus sayth the kyng the eighth harry
Though sum [saith that yough rulyth me]
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 “Some Account of an Unpublished Collection of Songs and Ballads by King Henry VIII and his Contemporaries.”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: 376.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 246-7.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 137.
Trefusis, Mary. Songs, Ballads, and Instrumental Pieces composed by King Henry the Eighth. Roxburghe Club 161. Oxford, 1912: 28-31.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 297.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 411-12.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: xviii, 52.