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At the north end of silver white
‘Silver White’, an erotic song — three 8-line stanzas with repeated lines (abacdbdc) and refrain of four repeated lines (efeg; as conclusion below)
Subjects: songs, erotic; women, as speakers/narrators; ribaldry
Versification: — eight-line — ababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 170v
First Lines:
At the northe ende of seluer whyte
my lef me bat
At the northe ende & cetera
I scholde a byde & cetera
I leyde my ware a bogeler brede
And euer he smote
I leyde my ware a bogeler brede
& euer he sny smote by syde…
Last Lines:
…shalle ther neuer man insty ther at
but ȝyf he can
shalle ther neuer man insty ther at
but yf he can hyt smyte
Facsimiles:
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 43.
Plummer, John F. “The Woman’s Song in Middle English and its European Backgrounds.” In Vox Feminae: Studies in Medieval Woman’s Song. Studies in Medieval Culture. John F. Plummer, ed. XV. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1981: 135-54: 147 (excerpt).
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 88-9.