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Listen friends and hold you still
‘Wyfe lapped in a Morrelles Skin’ — in 8-line stanzas
Note: For a Latin version of this story see Joh. Bramis Historia Regis Waldei, ed. Imelmann (1912), 41-4; cf. Child (1882), 5.104-5.
Title(s): ‘Wyfe lapped in a Morrelles Skin’
Subjects: legends; women, against
Versification: — eight-line



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 14521. A Merry Ieste of a Shrewde and Curste Wyfe, H. Jackson, [1580?] , sigs. a.2-f.4
First Lines:
Lysten friendes and holde you still
Abide a while and dwell
A mery Iest tell you I will
And how that it befell…
Last Lines:
…Because she was of a shrewde leere
Thus was she serued in this maner
Note: Huntington; R. B. 59203.
Attributed Author: finis quoth Mayster Charmeher (sig. f.4)
Attributed Title: HERE begynneth a merry Ieste of a shrewde and curste Wyfe lapped in Morelles Skin for her good behauyour (sig. a.1)
Editions:
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 4.180-226.