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NIMEV 1920.55
Little is lithe by Lytham
One quatrain (or eight lines?) of rhyming, alliterative verse about places in the northwest of England.
Subjects: lyrics
Versification: — Monorhymed quatrain with internal rhyme (or eight lines of alternating rhyme) — abab, alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 499, f. 68v
Transcription:
Littel is lithe bi lythum
wen stormes arn stronge upon strikewarth
wither ar watires y wythum
wen stremes ar stirne with stith stat
bernes þat born wer i bethum
ther men may bringe to brod bath
þe sydes arn sore by sythym
þat muche haues mowen imong math
Note: Added to the margin of a Latin manuscript. Written as prose.
Editions:
Pickering, Oliver S. “Newly Discovered Secular Lyrics from Later Thirteenth-Century Cheshire.” Review of English Studies n.s. 43 (1992): 157-80: 168.