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Between March and April / When spray beginneth to spring
Alysoun — four 8-line stanzas (aaabcccb, ababbbbc) with refrain, ‘An hendi hap ichabbe yhent / ichot from heuene it is me sent / from alle wymmen mi loue is lent / & lyht on Alysoun’
Title(s): Alysoun
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — eight-line — aaabcccb, ababbbbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 63v
First Lines:
Bytuene mersh & aueril
When spray biginneþ to springe
þe lutel foul haþ hire wyl
on hyre lud to synge…
Last Lines:
…geynest vnder gore
herkne to my roun
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.56-7.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 27-9.
Morris, Richard, and Walter William Skeat, eds. Specimens of Early English , Pt. I, A.D. 1150-A.D.1300. Oxford: Clarendon, 1882, 2nd ed. 1885; Pt. II, A.D. 1298-A.D.1393, Oxford: Clarendon, 1872, 2nd ed. 1894; Pt. III. Orig. published separately, 1871: 2.43.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 1.108.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 147-8.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 161.
Ellis, Alexander John, ed. On Early English Pronunciation. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 2 (1867), 7 (1869), 14 (1871), 23 (1874), repr. 1973; issued jointly by the Philological Society, the EETS, and the Chaucer Society [2nd ser. 1, 4-5, 25] London: Trübner; ed. note: with rare exceptions, entries from these volumes are identical; where variants occur, both editions are cited: 1.109.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 6-7.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 410.
Kluge, Friedrich. Mittelenglisches Lesebuch. Halle: Neimeyer, 1912: 89.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 24.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 165-6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 138.
Manly, John Matthews, ed. English Poetry (1170-1892). 2 vols. Boston: Ginn, 1916; later condensed with English Prose (1137-1892) into English Prose and Poetry (1137-1892): 12-13.
Warren, Kate Mary, ed. A Treasury of English Literature. 6 vols. London: Constable, 1906-08: 2.62-3.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 2-3.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 1.24-5.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 98-9.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 33.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 293.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 466.
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 56-7.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 67-8.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 38-40.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 22-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 107-8.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 85-7.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 208-9.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 29.