Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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  • C4rCritical Apparatus1It was a Lordings daughter, the fairest one of three
  • 2That liked of her maister, as well as well might be,
  • Critical Apparatus3Till looking on an Englishman, the [fairst] that eie could see,
  • 4    Her fancie fell a turning.
  • pg 6575Long was the combat doubtfull, that loue with loue did fight
  • 6To leaue the maister louelesse, or kill the gallant knight,
  • 7To put in practise either, alas it was a spite
  • 8    Vnto the silly damsell.
  • 9But one must be refused, more mickle was the paine,
  • 10That nothing could be vsed, to turne them both to gaine,
  • 11For of the two the trusty knight was wounded with disdaine,
  • 12    Alas she could not helpe it.
  • 13Thus art with armes contending, was victor of the day,
  • 14Which by a gift of learning, did beare the maid away,
  • 15Then lullaby the learned man hath got the Lady gay,
  • C4v (blank)16    For now my song is ended.

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Critical Apparatus
15.1 It . . . three It 2judson divides lines 1, 3, 5, and 11 into two to shorten the measure.
Critical Apparatus
15.3 fairst hudson (fair'st); fairest 2judson. The meter necessitates the elision. 3jaggard attempts to correct the meter by omitting 'that', but the word in necessary to complete the sense of the line. The compositor may have erroneously picked 'fairest' from the first line.
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15.3 that eie 2judson; eye 3jaggard. See previous note.
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