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DIMEV 34
IMEV 33.5
NIMEV TP 11.5
A faithful friend would I fain find
‘Gramercy myn own purse’ — five 8-line stanzas
Note: Cf. 2496 and 6327; Ringler Jr. (1988) TP 11.5.
Title(s): ‘Gramercy myn own purse’
Subjects: purse poems
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3309. The Manere of Hawkyng and Huntyng and also of cote armours And of the blasynge of armys [and] The treatyse of fysshynge wyth an angle, de Worde, 1496 , sig. e5v
First Lines:
A Faythfull frende wolde I fayne fynde
To fynde hym there he myghte be founde…
Last Lines:
…Our lorde that shope bothe sonne and mone
Sende vs spendynge in our purse
Note: Princeton, University Library Z241.xB37.1496.
Editions:
Ellis, George, ed. Specimens of the Early English Poets. London: Edwards, 1790; 3 vols, 1801; 5th ed., London: Washburne, 1845; rev. ed., 1 vol., 1863: 1.363-5.
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.60.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs from the Time of King Henry the Third to the Revolution. London, 1790. Further editions as Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 89; 1829, 2.6; 1877,151.
Bethune, George Washington. The British Female Poets. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1848: 14-15.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 182-3.
2.Source: STC 3309.5. The Boke of Hawkynge, and Huntynge, and Fysshynge, de Worde, [1518?]
First Lines:
A faythfull frende wolde I fayne fynde…