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Many a man blames his wife pardie
Women will have their word — fourteen quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘In villa’ plus burden (b): ‘In villa In villa quid vidistis in villa
Subjects: carols, of marriage; marriage
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 54v-55
First Lines:
Many a man blame his wif parde
þat he is mor to blame þan she…
Last Lines:
…Hys her shal grow þorow his hood
In villa
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 86-7.
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 24-6.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 503
First Lines:
Many a man blamys his wyffe parde
Yet she ys more to blame than he
Trow ye þat any suche ther be
In villa…
Last Lines:
…Or ellys by god & by the rode
Be he never so wyld & wode
Hys here shall grow thorow his hode
In villa
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 269-70.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 109.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 275-6; 1977, 243-4.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22718, f. 86v
First Lines:
God wote grete cause these wyffys haue a mong
But dowte ye not there herts be strong…
Last Lines:
…Be he neuer so wylde or wode
Sche will make hit here growe thorow hys hede
Note: Stanzas 10-14.