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Your light grievance shall not me constrain
A song to his uncertain mistress — four monorhyming quatrains (same rhyme throughout) with refrain and burden: ‘How shold Y plece a creature uncerteyne’
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved; carols, amorous
Versification: — four-line — aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 38v-39
First Lines:
Your light greuans shall not me constrayne
To avoyde your custumabyll disdayne…
Last Lines:
Speke or ye smyte barke or ye byte holde yowre hondes twayne
How shold Y plece a creature oncerteyne
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 273.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 115.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 350.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 272.