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Bird on briar bird bird on briar
A love song — three quatrains
Subjects: love lyrics; women, as speakers/narrators; songs
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College Mun. SJP/50 (formerly Muniment Roll 2.W.32), verso
First Lines:
bryd one brere brid brid one brere
kynd is come of loue loue to craue
bliþful biryd on me þu Rewe
of greyþ lef greiþ þu me my graue
Hic am so bliþe so bryȝit brid on brere
quan I se þat hende in halle…
Last Lines:
…of mi sorwe yhe may me sauen
Ioye and blisse were Eere me Newe
Note: With music; first quatrain may be burden(?).
Facsimiles:
Saltmarsh, John. “Two Medieval Love-Songs set to Music.” Antiquaries Journal 15 (1935): 3-4: plate II.
Editions:
Saltmarsh, John. Two Medieval Lyrics. Cambridge: Cloanthus Press, 1933.
Saltmarsh, John. “Two Medieval Love-Songs set to Music.” Antiquaries Journal 15 (1935): 3-4: 3-4.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 146-7.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 184.
Buck, Percy Carter, ed. The Oxford History of Music rev. ed. 7 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1929-38: 3.113.
Stemmler, Theo. Die englischen Liebesgedichte des MS. Harley 2253. Bonn: Druck Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, 1962: 89.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 163.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 84-5.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 19.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 183.