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In May it merryeth when it dawes
On Women: a Defence and a Warning — four 12-line stanzas
Subjects: women, warnings to; men, treachery of
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 71vb-72ra
First Lines:
In May hit murgeþ when hit dawes
In dounes wiþ þis dueres plawes…
Last Lines:
…Yhere leuely lores myn
Wiþ selþe we weren sahte
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.667.
Wright, Thomas. Specimens of Lyric Poetry composed in England in the Reign of Edward the First. Percy Society 4. London: Richard, 1842: 45-6.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 166-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 146-7.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 119-21.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 30-1.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 44 .