The Lyrics of Henry VIII/Lyrics

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

Description of the Lyrics[edit]

Predominantly secular in tone, the lyrics contained in the Henry VIII MS chiefly reflect a lively and light court atmosphere, and a court culture whose influence echoed from the public sphere associated with Henry VIII and his entourage into the more private court circles of Wyatt[1] and others further removed from the centre of court activity.[2] The lyrics themselves are as follows:

Lyric Folio
Benedictus [Isaac] (Incipit) 3v-4r
Fortune esperee [Busnois] (Incipit) 4v-5r
Alles regretz uuidez dema presece [van Ghizeghem / Jean III of Bourbon] (Incipit) 5v-6r
En frolyk weson [Barbireau] (Incipit) 6v-7r
Pastyme with good companye, Henry VIII 14v-15r
Adew mes amours et mon desyre, Cornish 15v-17r
Adew madam et ma mastress, Henry VIII 17v-18r
HElas madam cel que ie metant, Henry VIII 18v-19r
Alas what shall I do for love, Henry VIII 20v-21r
Hey nowe nowe, Kempe (Incipit) 21v
Alone I leffe alone, Cooper 22r
O my hart and o my hart, Henry VIII 22v-23r
Adew adew my hartis lust, Cornish 23v-24r
Aboffe all thynge, Farthing 24v
Downbery down, Daggere 25r
Hey now now, Farthing 25v
In may that lusty sesoun, Farthing 26r
Whoso that wyll hym selff applye, Rysby 27v-28r
The tyme of youthe is to be spent, Henry VIII 28v-29r
The thowghtes within my brest, Farthing 29v-30r
My loue sche morneth for me, Cornish 30v-31r
A the syghes that cum fro my hart, Cornish 32v-33r
With sorrowfull syghs and greuos payne, Farthing 33v-34r
If I had wytt for to endyght [Unattributed] 34v-35r
Alac alac what shall I do, Henry VIII 35v
Hey nony nony nony nony no [Unattributed] (Incipit) 36r
Grene growith the holy, Henry VIII 37v-38r
Whoso that wyll all feattes optayne, Henry VIII 38v-39r
Blow thi hornne hunter, Cornish 39v-40r
De tous bien plane [van Ghizegehem] (Incipit) 40v-41r
Iay pryse amours [Unattributed] (Incipit) 41v-42r
Adew corage adew, Cornish 42v
Trolly lolly loly lo, Cornish 43v-44r
I love trewly withowt feynyng, Farthing 44v-45r
Yow and I and amyas, Cornish 45v-46r
Ough warder mount [Unattributed] (Incipit) 46v-47r
La season [Compère / Agricola] (Incipit) 47v-48r
If love now reynyd as it hath bene, Henry VIII 48v-49r
Gentyl prince de renom, Henry VIII (Incipit) 49v-50r
Sy fortune mace bien purchase [Unattributed] 50v-51r
Wherto shuld I expresse, Henry VIII 51v-52r
A robyn gentyl robyn, Cornish [Wyatt] 53v-54r
Whilles lyue or breth is in my brest, Cornish 54v-55r
Thow that men do call it dotage, Henry VIII 55v-56r
Departure is my chef payne, Henry VIII 60v
It is to me a ryght gret Ioy, Henry VIII (Incipit) 61r
I haue bene a foster, Cooper 65v-66r
Fare well my Ioy and my swete hart, Cooper 66v-68r
Withowt dyscord, Henry VIII 68v-69r
I am a joly foster [Unattributed] 69v-71r
Though sum saith that yough rulyth me [Henry VIII] 71v-73r
MAdame damours [Unattributed] 73v-74r
Adew adew le company [Unattributed] 74v-75r
Deme the best of euery dowt, Lloyd 79v
Hey troly loly loly [Unattributed] 80r
Taunder Naken, Henry VIII (Incipit) 82v-84r
Whoso that wyll for grace sew, Henry VIII 84v-85r
En vray Amoure, Henry VIII 86v-87r
Let not vs that yongmen be [Unattributed] 87v-88r
Dulcis amica [Prioris] (Incipit) 88v-89r
Lusti yough shuld vs ensue, Henry VIII 94v-97r
Now [Unattributed] 98r
Belle sur tautes [Agricola] (Incipit) 99v-100r
ENglond be glad pluk vp thy lusty hart [Unattributed] 100v-102r
Pray we to god that all may gyde [Unattributed] 103r
Ffors solemant, [de Févin, after Ockeghem] (Incipit) 104v-105r
And I war a maydyn [Unattributed] 106v-107r
Why shall not I [Unattributed] 107v-108r
What remedy what remedy [Unattributed] 108v-110r
Wher be ye [Unattributed] 110v-112r
QUid petis o fily, Pygott 112v-116r
My thought oppressed my mynd in trouble [Unattributed] 116v-120r
Svmwhat musyng [Fayrfax / Woodville] 120v-122r
I loue vnloued suche is myn aduenture [Unattributed] 122v-124r
Hey troly loly lo [Unattributed] 124v-128r

Notes[edit]

  1. See, for example, those echoes of H (and later witnesses to texts contained in H) associated with the lyrics of those manuscripts closely associated with Wyatt’s work (LEge) and, also, Anne Boleyn’s circle (LDev).
  2. The best example of such dissemination is that of Henry’s “Pastyme with good companye” (H 14v-15r).


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