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Bird on briar I tell it
Fragment of a love song, preserved as an indication of tune of carol 2222
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — three-line — aba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 210
Transcription:
Bryd on brere
y telle yt to non oþur
y ne dare
Note: Written before the burden; written and deleted after stanza 1.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 2 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1907: 2.437.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 308; 1977, 277.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 17.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 181.