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DIMEV 926.5
NIMEV 563.55
By Beal arn birds breme on boughs
Eight lines of rhyming, alliterative verse, contrasting the lustiness of birds in spring with men troubled in love.
Subjects: lyrics; spring; love



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 499, f. 68
Transcription:
Bi bele arn briddees breme on boƿes
Boles blosmes breden brode
Brythe on ble on brest an browes
At berych men bydes bure of bode
Blithe burnes braad with beƿes
Burde i boures bones bede
Beuien berdes blacnen breyes
Bolde burken bun to blede
Note: Added to the margin of a Latin manuscript.Written as verse, with a schematic keyed to the cross-rhymed verses.
Editions:
Pickering, Oliver S. “Newly Discovered Secular Lyrics from Later Thirteenth-Century Cheshire.” Review of English Studies n.s. 43 (1992): 157-80: 166-7.