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In the month of May when mirths been fele
‘The Parlement of the thre Ages’ — 665 alliterative lines
Title(s): ‘The Parlement of the thre Ages’
Subjects: debates; dream visions; hawking; hunting; ages of man’s life; Worthies, Nine; national policy, discussions on
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], ff. 169-176v
First Lines:
In the monethe of Maye when mirthes bene fele
And the sesone of somere when softe bene the wedres…
Last Lines:
…There dere drightyne this daye dele vs of thi blysse
And marie þat es mylde qwene amende vs of synn. Amen.
Attributed Title: Thus endes the Three Ages (f. 176v)
Editions:
Gollancz, Israel, ed. Parlement of the Thre Ages. Roxburghe Club 132. London: Nichols, 1897, 1915.
Gollancz, Israel. Select Early English Poems. 9 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1913, 1933: 3.
Offord, M. Y., ed. The Parlement of the Thre Ages. EETS o.s. 246 (1959); repr. 1967.
Ford, Boris. The Age of Chaucer, with an Anthology of Medieval Poems. Hammersmith, Melbourne, etc.: Penguin, 1954: 302-14 (omits lines 299-630).
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 339-63.
Haskell, Ann Sullivan, ed. A Middle English Anthology. Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1969; 2nd ed. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1985: 408.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 201-4 (excerpts).
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 70-100.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 102-38.
Ginsberg, Warren, ed. Wynnere and Wastoure and the Parlement of the Thre Ages. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1992.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33994, ff. 18-26v
First Lines:
Than fauconers ful frely foundyn hem aftur
To helpyn þer hawkis þay hyen hem yern…
Last Lines:
…The dere dryghten the day dele vs of þi blisse
And Mary þat is myld quene amend vs of oure mysse
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 226.
Editions:
Gollancz, Israel, ed. Parlement of the Thre Ages. Roxburghe Club 132. London: Nichols, 1897, 1915.
Offord, M. Y., ed. The Parlement of the Thre Ages. EETS o.s. 246 (1959); repr. 1967.