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I saw a dog seething souse
A nonsense carol of ‘tall stories’ — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Hay hey hey hey / I will haue the whetston and I may’
Subjects: nonsense; carols, nonsense
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 5041
First Lines:
I sawe a doge sethyng sowse
& an ape thechyng an howse…
Last Lines:
…Yet ys not long syth I made a lye
I will haue þe whetston & I may
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: 270-1.
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: 110.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 317; 1977, 289-90.
Williams, Charles. The New Book of English Verse. New York: Macmillan, 1936: 66-7.
Grigson, Geoffrey, ed. The Faber Book of Popular Verse. London: Faber, 1971: 87.