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Hogyn came to bowers door
Old Hogyn and his Girl Friend, a ribald lyric — six 6-line stanzas, with refrain ‘Hum ha trill go bell’ in lines 4 and 6 of each stanza
Note: Lines 3 and 5 repeat in each stanza.
Subjects: ribaldry
Versification: — six-line — aaabab, aabcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 5061
First Lines:
Hogyn cam to bowers dore
Hogyn cam to bowers dore…
Last Lines:
…Or ellis your breth ys wonder strong
Hum ha trill go bell
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: 273-4.
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: 111-12.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 33-4.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 80.