The Lyrics of Henry VIII/Sy fortune mace bien purchase (Unattributed)

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

Gentyl prince de renom Whereto shuld I expresse

[ff. 50v-51r]

Sy fortune mace bien purchase
enuers amors que tant mon detenu
non bien mamour on soit tous mes a puis
si me semble il que rennan obtenu
puis que de vous a prouchez Ie ne puis                                       5

Textual Commentary[edit | edit source]

“Sy fortune mace bien purchase” appears in three voices in H. The piece is listed in the manuscript’s table of contents as the forty-first work. Stevens notes that it is probably Anglo-French (Stevens M&P 404) as well as the lack of connection between this song and those of similar titles (in the Buxheimer Organ-book or Oxford, Bodleian MS Canonici Misc. 213 [f. 109r]; MCH8 105#46).

This piece is reprinted in Stevens M&P (404) and Stevens MCH8 (37).

Textual Notes[edit | edit source]

Texts Collated[edit | edit source]

H1,2,3 (ff. 50v–51r).

2 que tant mon detenu] mon detenu H2
3 non bien mamour] omit H2, Mon bien mamor H3
4 me semble] ne semble H2; rennan] nay reyne H2, ren H3
5 obtenu puis que de vous] obtenu puis que de vous / puis que de vous H1