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Ale make many a man to stick at a briar
Of the effects of Ale — six quatrains (aaab) and two-line burden: ‘Doll thi ale doll doll thi ale dole / Ale mak many a mane to haue a doty poll’
Subjects: ale; drinking, effects of; carols, convivial
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 52-52v
First Lines:
Ale mak many a mane to styk at a brere
Ale mak many a mane to ly in þe myere…
Last Lines:
…Ale mak many a mane to swere by god & alhalows
& ale mak many a mane to hang vpon þe galows
Note: Probably the same MS as the ‘Fitch’ MS of Ipswich.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 81-2.
Sandys, William. Festive Songs. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1848: 17-18.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 224-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 287; 1977, 255-6.
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 22.
Roberts, Denys Kilham. Straw in the Hair: an Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse. London: Bodley Head, 1953: 47.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 155.
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 88-9.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 483-4.