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IMEV 488.5
NIMEV C16
Behold and see how the birds doth fly
Nonsense verses — rhyming irregularly
Subjects: birds; songs; Robin Hood; nonsense verse
Versification: — irregular — aaaa



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , Item 21
First Lines:
Behold & se
how byrds dothe fly
coke crow my dey pype mery…
Last Lines:
…wyll be dere trypps And chytterlyngs
cum blow my horne behynd cum blow
A torne Ageyne Robyne & bend on thy bow
with torne Ageyne Robyne & bend on thy bow
Note: Signed as by ‘samoht notterts’, e.g., Thomas Stretton.
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550].
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 596-7.
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: 136.