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I shall tell you a tale
A verse letter included in a longer letter from John Paston I to Margaret Paston, 20 September 1465 — 10 couplets
Note: Davis (1971), No. 528; Gairdner (1904), No. 609.
Author(s): John Paston I
Subjects: Paston, Margaret; letters, domestic; money
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34889, f. 33
First Lines:
Item I shall telle yow a tale
Pampyng & I haue piked your male…
Last Lines:
…Nomore to yow at this tyme
but God hym saue þat mad this ryme
Note: Written as prose; not ed. ‘Gairdner, II.237’ as cited in Robbins and Cutler (1965).
Attributed Author: be yowr trew & trusti husband J.P. (John Paston) (f. 33v)
Editions:
Fenn, John. Original Letters Written during the Reigns of Henry VI…. London: Robinson, 1787 (The Paston Letters): 4.90.
Gairdner, James, ed. The Paston Letters. 6 vols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1904; repr. Alan Sutton, 1986: 4.190.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 3.129-30.
Davis, Norman, ed. The Paston Letters. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958: 52.
Davis, Norman, ed. The Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971, 1976: 1.145.