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In a morning of May as I lay on sleeping
Dialogue between a Nightingale and a Clerk — 26 couplets plus one line
Note: Cf. 500 for another fragment which some think is the end of this work.
Title(s): Dialogue between a Nightingale and a Clerk
Subjects: debates, bird; birds, as narrators; women, against
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
In a mornyng of may as I lay on slepyng
To here a song of a fowle Ihad gret likyng…
Last Lines:
…but a man may change hir mote if his prise wey grete
Nyȝtyngale þu gabbist me and þat is shame thyne…
Note: Ends incomplete.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Nugae Poeticae: Select Pieces of Old English Popular Poetry, Illustrating the Manners and Arts of the Fifteenth Century. London: J. R. Smith, 1844: 37-9.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 172-6.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 160-5.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 267-72.