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Holy Writ sayeth which no thing is soother
‘Amende me and peyre me nauȝt’ — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘I pray yow all wyth o thowght / Amende me and peyre me nowght’
Title(s): ‘Amende me and peyre me nauȝt’
Subjects: carols, of religious counsel; counsel, religious
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 24-24v
First Lines:
Holy wryt sayth no thyng is sother
þat no man shuld a peyre oþer…
Last Lines:
…And in hevyn to se hys face
wher al thyng a mend & peyer novȝth
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 29-30.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 278.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 5
First Lines:
Holy Wryt seyȝt Whech no thyng ys sother
þat [ ] schuld þeyre other…
Last Lines:
…In heuyn to se his glorious face
Wher we shull amend & peyr nougth
Note: Damaged by water, with some loss of text.
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: no. xli.
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.87-8.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 86.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 230-1; 1977, 205.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 31v; 32
First Lines:
Holy wryt seyght whech nothyng ys sother
That no man shuld apeyre other…
Last Lines:
…In hevyn to se his glorious face
Wher we schull amend & pryr nougth
Note: 3 stanzas.
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 271.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 88, 53.
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3307, f. 66v
First Lines:
Holy wret seþ noþing ys sother
þat no man schuld apeir other…
Last Lines:
…In heuen þer to se hys face
qwer we schall mend & peyr nogh
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 88, 53.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 131.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 416-17.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 205-6.