The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2174
IMEV 1303
NIMEV 1303
I have a young sister far beyonden the sea
A riddling love-song — seven quatrains
Note: Similar paradoxes are frequent; compare the Ballad of Lord Rostin’s Daughter, and The Four Sisters, in Wright (1856), 109-114, 114-15. Cf. Opie and Opie (1951), 386.
Subjects: riddles; love lyrics
Versification: — four-line — abcb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 11
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection. London: Pickering, 1836.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 33-4.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 2.122.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 51; he last stanza only (answers).
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 8.271.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: 1.415.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 646.
Williams, Charles. The New Book of English Verse. New York: Macmillan, 1936: 67-8.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 1.27-8.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 40-1.
Opie, Iona Archibald, and Peter Opie. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Oxford: Clarendon, 1951: 387.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 164-5.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 102-3.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 109.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 435-6.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 128.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 77-8.