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DIMEV 2407
IMEV 1433
NIMEV 1433
If thou serve a lord of price / Be not too boistous…
‘Seruyse is non erytage’ — four quatrains (aaab) with this refrain and burden: ‘Bewar sqwyer yeman & page / For seruyse is non erytage’
Note: The same refrain occurs also in 2441; see also 4208.
Title(s): ‘Seruyse is non erytage’
Subjects: carols, satirical; servants, advice to
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 8
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 22-3.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 47.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 185.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 255; 1977, 226.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 138.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 154-5.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 431-2.