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God that died for us all
‘The Frere and the Boy’ or ‘The Chylde and hes Stepdame’ — in 6-line stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 489; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 500.5; for a modernized text, c. 1680, see Camb., Magdalene College, Pepys 358; see Wing F 2205-2206 (ed. Flügel (1903), 104 seqq.).
Title(s): ‘The Frere and the Boy’; ‘The Chylde and hes Stepdame’; ‘Jak and His Stepdame’
Subjects: fabliaux; friars
Versification: — six-lines — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), f. 52
First Lines:
God that died for vs all
And drank both eysell & gall…
Last Lines:
…That drank both eysill and gall
Holy God in His empere Amen
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “Iak and his step dame nach der Handschrift Rawlinson C 86 mit den Abweichungen des Porkington-Manusckripts.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 90 (1893): 57-82: 66-82.
Furrow, Melissa M., ed. Ten Fifteenth-Century Comic Poems. Garland Medieval Texts 13. New York and London: Garland, 1985: 95-153 (with additions from Oxford, Balliol College 354 and Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10 and the extra episode from Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I and London, British Library Addit. 27879).
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 199-206
First Lines:
God that died for vs all
And drank aysell & gall…
Last Lines:
…That drank aysell & gall
Holy god in his empere
Explicit
Attributed Title: Iak & his Step Dame / & of the ffrere (p. 199)
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: 105-32.
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: 120-7.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I, ff. 6v-13v
First Lines:
God that deyde ffor vs all
And drancke Aysell & Gall…
Last Lines:
…bryng them All to they bles
Þat beleuet on the name Ihesu
Attributed Title: Expleycet the cheylde & hes stepdame (f. 6v); Explicit the Cheylde & hes stepdame (f. 13v)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Tale of the Basyn and The Frere and the Boy. London: Pickering, 1836.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27879
Editions:
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 4.9-28.
5.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 139
Transcription:
…Yn hevyn blys schall be her wone
Amen amen for charyte
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Early English Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. London: for the Warton Club, 1855: 45-62.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 14522. A Mery Geste of the Frere and the Boye, de Worde, [1510-13]
Facsimiles:
Jenkinson, Francis. A Mery Geste of the Frere and the Boye, de Worde, London [1510-1513]. Cambridge: University Press, 1907; facsimile (STC 14522).
Editions:
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 3.60-81 (480 lines).
2.Source: STC 14522.5. A Mery Geste of the Frere and the Boye, Myddylton, [c. 1545]
3.Source: STC 14522.7. A Mery Jest of the Frier and the Boy, E. Alde, [1584-89]
Note: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Arch. Selden D.45.
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry. London: Clarke, 1791; 2nd ed. 1833: 35.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 3.54 seqq..