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DIMEV 146
IMEV 87.5
NIMEV TP 41
A pretty wench may be pleasure
Spend your money on a pretty wench — two 3-line stanzas (aaa) and nine-line burden: ‘Joly felowe joly / joly felowe joly / Yf thou haue but lytyll mony / Spend it not in foly / But spend yt on a prety wenche / & she shal help the at a pinche / Hey joly felow joly joly / Hey joly felow joly / Hey joly’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 41.
Subjects: lovers, advice to; songs; servants; advice
Versification: — three-line, nine-line — aaa, aabaccaaa



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , sigs. f.1v-f.3
First Lines:
A prety wenche may be plesur
in dalyance she may endure…
Last Lines:
…spend [it] on the mynyon sort
delytyng in honest dysport
Note: Folios 22v-24.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 593.
Imelmann, Rudolf. “Zur Kenntnis der vor-Shakespeare’schen Lyrik: I. Wynkyn de Wordes ‘Song Book,’ 1530; II. John Dayes Sammlung der Lieder Thomas Whythornes, 1571.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Shakespeare-Gesselschaft 39 (1903): 121-78: 131.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 304; 1977, 272-3.