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Man beware the way is slither
Against false executors — four quatrains (aaab) with the refrain: ‘Lytyll ioye ys son done’, and burden: ‘Haue in mynd in mynd in mynd / Secuters be oft onekynd’
Note: See also 3356; the first stanza is almost identical with stanza 4 of 5891.
Subjects: warnings; carols, satirical; executors, criticism of; satire
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 13
First Lines:
Man bewar þe way ys sleder
þy sowle sall go þou wottes not weder…
Last Lines:
…God send vs love & charite
Lyttyl joye ys son done
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection. London: Pickering, 1836: 4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 255-6; 1977, 226.