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It was a maid of brenten arse
‘My ladyes water-myll’: an erotic carol — four 3-line stanzas (aaa) and burden: ‘Synge dyllum dyllum dyllum dyllum / I can tell you and I wyll / Of my ladyes water-myll’
Title(s): ‘My ladyes water-myll’
Subjects: carols, amorous; songs, erotic
Versification: — three-line — aaa



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , ff. 9v-10
First Lines:
It was a mayde of brenten ars
She rode to myll vpon a horse…
Last Lines:
…And of her game made no reporte
But to her it was full great conforte
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 36.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 311; 1977, 280.
Grigson, Geoffrey, ed. The Faber Book of Popular Verse. London: Faber, 1971: 106.