The Lyrics of Henry VIII/Hey now now, Farthing

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The Lyrics of Henry VIII
Appendix 1: Lyrics by Occasion/Theme  |  Appendix 2: Textual/Musical Witnesses  |  Appendix 3: Bibliography

Downbery down In may that lusty sesoun

[f. 25v]

Hey now now.
Hey now

Thomas. ffaredyng

Textual Commentary[edit | edit source]

As in Kempe’s “Hey nowe nowe” (H 10), the words of “Hey now now” are given to a round, but additional lyrics were likely intended. Little room has been left among the musical notation for text. This piece is not listed in the table of contents. Stevens (MCH8 19) gives the text presented below in italics, which is from Robbins (Secular Lyrics #143):

Gracious and gay
On her lith all my thought
But she rew on me today
To death she hath me brought.

“Hey nowe nowe” may have been a common song burden; see the commentary to Kempe’s “Hey nowe nowe” (H 10), and also Daggere’s “Downbery down” H 15.5, and note.

This piece is indexed, as with Kempe’s piece, in Robbins Index & Suppl. 1214.6 and Ringler MS TM594. It is reprinted in Stevens M&P 391 and Stevens MCH8 19.