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A man that should of truth tell
Truth is unpopular: a carol — six quatrains and burden: ‘God be wit trewthe qwer he be / I wolde he were in this cuntre’
Subjects: carols; social comment
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 7-7v
First Lines:
A man þat xuld of trewþe telle
With grete lordys he may not dwelle…
Last Lines:
…In the bosum of marye
For there he is forsothe
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.165.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 19-20.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 187-8.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 257; 1977, 227-8.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 191.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 146-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 139.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 106-7.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 430-1.