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Every man in his degree
‘For few be trew to tryst vpon’ — eleven quatrains (aaab) with this refrain, and burden: ‘In a blyssefull tyme that mane ys borne / That may fynd frend to trust vpon’
Title(s): ‘For few be trew to tryst vpon’
Subjects: carols, satirical; satire
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 16v-17v
First Lines:
Euery mane in hys degre
Cane say yf he avysyd be…
Last Lines:
…þou send vs all a good endyng
for þou art trew to tryst vpon
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 10-12.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 258-9; 1977, 229.