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Led I the dance a midsummer day
Jack and the Dancing Maid, an erotic carol — nine 5-line stanzas (aaaab) and burden: ‘Alas ales the wyle / Thout Y on no gyle / So haue Y god chaunce / Alas ales the wyle / That euer Y cowde daunce’
Title(s): Jack and the Dancing Maid
Subjects: carols, amorous; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — five-line — aaaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 41
First Lines:
Ladd y þe dance a myssomur day
y made smale trippus soþ for to say…
Last Lines:
…Euel þerinne wern euer it wole out
þout y on no gyle
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 307-8; 1977, 276-7.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 22-4.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 310.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 476.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 164.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 204-6.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 125-7.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 134-5.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 81.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 85-6.