The Lyrics of Henry VIII/Alas what shall I do for love, Henry VIII
|← HElas madam cel que ie metant||Hey nowe nowe →|
|Early Modern English||Modern English|
|Alas what shall I do for love||Alas, what shall I do for love?|
|for love alasse what shall I do||For love, alas, what shall I do?|
|Syth now so kynd||Since now so kind|
|I do yow fynde||I do you find|
|to kepe yow me vnto||To kepe you me unto|
“Alas what shall I do for love” is a lyric about keeping a lover, once she is discovered, with play on the two separate syllables of “alas” (“a” and “lass”). Stevens notes that the words of further strophic verses may be missing (M&P 390).
- 3 syth Since.
This lyric appears solely in H, where it is given in four complete voices.
“Alas what shall I do for love” is Indexed in Robbins Index & Suppl. 159.5, Boffey, Ringler MS TM110, Crum A884. The piece is reprinted in Chappell Account 374, Flügel Anglia 231, Flügel Neuengl 133, Trefusis 7–8, Padelford 78, Stevens M&P 390, and Stevens MCH8 16.