Bryd one brere

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A well known English love song (c.1290–1320); the earliest surviving English secular love song with a complete lyric.


Bryd one brere, briht brid one brere, Kynd is come, of Love love to crave: blithful biryd, on me, on me thu rewe; or greyth lef greith thu me my grave.
Hic am so blthe so briht brid one brere whan I see that hende, hendest in halle. Yhe is whit of lime loveli trewe, yhe is fayr and flur of alle.
Mihte ich hire, hir at wille have, stedefast of love, loveli, trewe,
(of mi sorwe yhe may, yhe may me save), Ioye and bliss were, were me newe.

Bird on a briar, bright bird on a briar, Nature has come to beg for love from Love: Gracious lady, on me have pity; or prepare, beloved, prepare for me my grave.
I am as happy as a bright bird on a briar when I see that gracious one, most gracious in hall. She is white of limb, lovely, true, she is fair and the flower of all.
Might I have her at my own will, steadfast of love, lovely, true (of my sorrow she may me save), joy and bliss would me renew.


released September 12, 2020
Katherine Christie Evans - voice, gittern
Steve Tyler - hurdy gurdy


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Woodwose was formed in 2012 as an offshoot of medieval/theatrical band Daughters of Elvin. The Dancing Stones CD reflects the skills and interests of the initial lineup. Since then there have been intermittent gigs with a flexible lineup with the core of Katy Marchant and Steve Tyler, the repertoire comprising medieval music, own compositions and anything between. ... more

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