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Ye have so long kept o / The sheep up on the grene Wilkyn
‘Sayth ȝe love me best’, a song with music — sixteen lines
Title(s): ‘Sayth ȝe love me best’
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; songs
Versification: — six-line, five-line — abacbc, ababc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 381 (SC 21956), f. 20v
First Lines:
Ȝe have so longe kepyt o
[Þe] schepe [up] on the grene Wilkyn…
Last Lines:
…Thys may ryme wel but hit
a lo acordis nouȝt
Note: Reading following Dobson and Harrison (1979).
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.54-5.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: xxxviii.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 137.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 205.