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NIMEV TP 2332
Ye wring my hand so sore
An amorous encounter — six 8-line stanzas and burden: ‘Bewar my lytyl fynger / syr I yow desyre / bewar my lytyl fynger / bewar my lytyl fynger / bewar my lytyl fynger / syr I yow desyre / bewar my lytyl fynger / syr I yow desyre’
Subjects: women, as speakers/narrators; women, erring; erotic verse; songs; men, treachery of
Versification: — eight-line — aaabcccb



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , item 4
First Lines:
ye wryng my hand to sore
I pray yow do no more…
Last Lines:
…and O my lytyl fynger
a Lady marcy ye hurt my lytyl fynger
Editions:
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 3.19-20.
Imelmann, Rudolf. “Zur Kenntnis der vor-Shakespeare’schen Lyrik: I. Wynkyn de Wordes ‘Song Book,’ 1530; II. John Dayes Sammlung der Lieder Thomas Whythornes, 1571.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Shakespeare-Gesselschaft 39 (1903): 121-78: 126-27.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 590-91.