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By a bank as I lay
A May song of love — three 7-line stanzas
Note: Referred to by title in a Lyffe of Sir Peter Carew, ed. Phillipps (1840), 113; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 294; cf. 919
Subjects: love lyrics
Versification: — seven-line — abcaabd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, ff. 10v-11
First Lines:
By a bancke as I lay
musyng my sylfe alone
hey how a byrdys voyce
dyd one Reioyce
syngyng by fore the day
And my thought in hure lay
she sayd wynter was past…
Last Lines:
…A wake ther for youg men
All ye that louers be
hey how thus monyth of may
soo fresh soo gay
so fayre be seld
on ffen hath ffloryshe
ylk a dew
grete Ioy hyt ys to see
hey how & cetera
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Captain Cox., His Ballads and Books. Ballad Society 7 (1871); repr. New Shakespeare Society, 1890: xii.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 204-5.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 139.
Rimbault, Edward Francis. A Little Book of Songs and Ballads. London: J. R. Smith, 1851: 53.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London: Chappell & Co. 1893: 1.46-7.
Collier, John Payne, ed. Extracts from Registers of the Stationers’ Company: from 1457 to 1587. London: for the Shakespeare Society, 1853: 1.193.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932, and subsequent editions: 40-1.