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Jesu Christ our heaven king
‘A mery iest of the mylner of Abyngton with his wyfe and his doughter and two poore scholers of Cambridge’
Title(s): ‘A mery iest of the mylner of Abyngton with his wyfe and his doughter and two poore scholers of Cambridge’
Subjects: tales
Versification: — sixteen-line — aaabcccbdddbeeeb



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 78. A mery jest of the Mylner of Abyngton with his wyfe and doughter, De Worde, [1532-34?] , sigs. A.2-B.5v
First Lines:
Ihesu Christ our heuen kynge
Saue all this gatherynge
And gyue vs his blessynge
That is in the hye trone syttynge
Lordynges if it be your lykynge
You shall here of a carpynge
That is good bourdynge
Herken syrs nowe euery one
At Abyngton howe it befell
Therby a wydowe dyd dwell
She had two sonnes as I shall tell…
Last Lines:
…That he was fayne to be fedde
Of his wyfe withouten mys
Thus with shorte conclusyon
This mylner through his abusyon…
Note: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library Acc. no. 20896; ends incomplete due to lost leaves at end before new quire beginning ‘B.i’.
Attributed Title: A mery iest of the mylner of Abyngton with his Wyfe and his doughter and two poore scholers of Cambridge (sig. A.1)
Editions:
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 3.100-18.
2.Source: STC 79. A ryght pleasaunt and merye historie of the Mylner of Abyngton Whereunto is Adioyned another merye iest of a Sargeaunt that Woulde haue Learned to be a Fryar, [J. Charlewood f.] R. Jhones, [c. 1575] , sigs. A2-C1v
First Lines:
FAyre Lordings if you list to heere
A mery Iest your mindes to cheere,
Then harken to this mery tale
was neuer meryier set to sale
At Abyngton it so befell
Therby a widowe late did dwell
She had two sonnes that she loued well…
Last Lines:
…Wherfore he did beaire an horne
For steeling of meale this onlie
His wife and his doughter were laine by
Of two poor scoloers full merely
That oft did laugh him to scorne
In pacience he must take it al
In chamber, in bowre, and eke in hall
What so euer the folke than did him call
Contented muste he be:
Thus endeth this mery iest iwis
And Christ that is kinge of eternal blis
Bringe vs all there whan his will is,
Amen for charite.
FINIS
Attributed Title: A verie merie Historie, of the Milner of Abington (sig. A2); Of the Mylner of Abington and of two Schollers of Cambridge (RT)