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DIMEV 919
IMEV 558.3
NIMEV C16
By a bank as I lay
A song in praise of Henry VIII — five 11-line stanzas including three-line refrain: ‘blessyd is that lond / of þe Lords own hond / þat hathe a nobull kyng’
Note: For a political variant see 920; cf. also Ravenscroft (1609), 19; repr. Chapell (1893), 1.49; Rimbault (1851),55.
Subjects: political poems; Henry VIII, praise of; songs
Versification: — eleven-line — abaabbcdeed



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , Item 22
First Lines:
By A banke as I ley
musyng In my mynd on thyngs that were past…
Last Lines:
…his pleser owr ioy his pleser owr ioy his pleser owr ioy
wherfor sure now let us syng
blessyd is that lond
of þe Lords own hond
þat hathe a nobull kyng
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 597.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 161-2.
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: 136-7.