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DIMEV 2962
IMEV 1793.6
NIMEV 1793.6
John Clerk of Torrington I dare avow
Against John Clerke of Torrington, an English flyting — six cross-rhymed quatrains and a single six-line stanza, with burden: ‘Synge and blow, blow wel blow / Synge wen so Y blow’
Subjects: carols, satirical; Clerk, John, of Torrington (Devon)
Versification: — four-line, six-line — abab, aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Stanbrook, Stanbrook Abbey (Callow End) 3, f. iii
First Lines:
Ion Clerke of toryton I dar wel awow
He ys my lordys kynne
For he hath ikepte þe gryte sow
With alle my lady swyne…
Last Lines:
…No man may hym benyme ne lett
The messe of þe sow tayle
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Middle English Verses and a Latin Letter in a Manuscript at Stanbrook Abbey.” Medium Ævum 34 (1965): 230-3: 231.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 232-3.