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NIMEV TM 462
Gentle butler belle ami
Fill the Bowl, Butler — five 5-line stanzas (aaabb) including refrain and burden: ‘How butler how Bevis a towt / Fill the boll jentill butler & let the cup rowght’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 462.
Subjects: drinking songs; carols, convivial
Versification: — five-line, two-line — aaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 5102-511
First Lines:
Ientill butler bellamy
Fyll þe boll by þe eye…
Last Lines:
…With how butler how Bevis a towght
Fill þe boll butler & let þe cup rowght
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 282.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 118-19.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 285; 1977, 254.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 227.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 10-11.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 153.
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 86-7.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 276-7.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 542-3.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 147-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 144-5.