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DIMEV 5930
IMEV 3724.5
NIMEV TM 1724
Thus musing in my mind greatly marveling
On a variable mistress — in eight-line stanzas
Subjects: love, vicissitudes of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus 1005, f. 1
Note: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus 1005 comprises the bottom half of the Drexel page (5903-3).
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], f. 24v
Editions:
Smith, John Stafford. A Collection of English Songs, composed about the year 1500. London: Bland, 1779: no. 16.
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: no. 4.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 56.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 359.
Stevens, John, ed. Early Tudor Songs and Carols. Musica Britannica 36. London: Stainer and Bell, 1975.
3.Source: New York, New York Public Library Drexel Fragments 4183, f. 159
Transcription:
…love shuld com
On euery syde þe way she pryde [ ]
[ ] thyng cowde flye nor goo
But styll went she yt had byn ye
When hyt was no thyng soo
When hyt was no thyng Soo
[ ] love to com
A dew my love I wyll remove
[ ]yst wold I had ben done
When I so sone grant yow your bone
Seyyng ye wyll not come
seyng ye wyll not come
Note: Variant; parts of two verses of a song; portions of pages cut away to fit as endleaves to seventeenth-century song book.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Early Tudor Songs and Carols. Musica Britannica 36. London: Stainer and Bell, 1975.
4.Source: Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Library 253, f. 132v
First Lines:
Thus musyng in my mind gretly meuelyng
how euer soch adauersete in one person may be…
Last Lines:
…Wherefore I thynke to haue a specyall remedy
To lett yt ouer pas & thynke ther on no more
Note: Inserted in a prose Brut.
Editions:
Edwards, A. S. G. “An Unrecorded Copy of Index of Middle English Verse 3724.5.” Notes and Queries n.s. 43 [241] (1996): 403: 403.