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In bale be blithe for that is best
‘In baill be blyth for it is best’ — five 8-line stanzas with this refrain
Title(s): ‘In baill be blyth for it is best’
Subjects: adversity, patience in
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 224-225
First Lines:
In baill be blyth for þat is best
in barret gif þow be bowne to byd…
Last Lines:
…of this mater I mak ane end
In bayl be blyth for þat Is best
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 202.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Maitland Folio Manuscript, Containing Poems by Sir Richard Maitland, Dunbar, Douglas, Henryson, and others. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 7 (1919), 20 (1927); Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1919, 1927: 1.252-3.