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Lief is the wren
On the wren — four lines
Subjects: birds



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 220, f. 303v
Transcription:
Leuer is þe wrenne
Abouten þe schowe renne
Þan þe fiþel draut
Oþer þe floute craf
Note: Folios in manuscript have been renumbered and the folio numbers here refer to the most recent numbering.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.107.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 553.