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It is known in every shire
On the evil wrought by ‘wekyd tongges’ — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘A man that con his tong stere / He ther not rek wer that he go’
Subjects: tongue, destructive power of; carols, of moral counsel
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 28v-29
First Lines:
Ittes knowyn in euery schyre
Wekyd tongges haue no per…
Last Lines:
…þat we mut se hys glorius face
amen amen for charyte
Editions:
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 12.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 41.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 232; 1977, 340.