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Merry singen the monks binnen Ely
The Canute Song, quoted by Thomas of Ely — two couplets
Title(s): The Canute Song
Subjects: carols, early; songs; monks
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 647 (SC 1595), f. 45v
Editions:
Stewart, David James, ed. Liber Eliensis…. London, 1848: 202.
Sampson, George. The Cambridge Book of Prose and Verse. Cambridge: at the UP, 1924: 172.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. The Cambridge History of English Literature. Vol. 2 Cambridge, 1927: 397.
Williams, Charles. The New Book of English Verse. New York: Macmillan, 1936: 23.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. Early Middle English Literature. London: Methuen, 1939, 1951: 253.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. English Literature at the Close of the Middle Ages. Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1945: 73.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 4.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 171.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 363.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 160.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 30.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 3.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Poems Dealing with Contemporary Conditions.” A Manual of the Writings in Middle English. Albert E. Hartung, ed. Vol. 5, fascicle 13. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1975: 1385-1536, 1631-1725: 1390.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter. Middle English Literature. Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1986; ed. and completed by Douglas Gray : 365.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.1 (1105), ff. 73v-74
Transcription:
Merie sungen þe muneches binnen ely
þa chut ching reu þer by
Roweþ chites noer the land
and here wve þes muneches saeng
Editions:
Gale, Thomas. Historiae Britanicae. Oxford: e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1691: 1.505, 593.
Bentham, James. The History and Antiquities of the Conventual and Cathedral Church of Ely. Cambridge: at the UP, 1771; 2nd ed. 1812: 27.
Kluge, Friedrich. Mittelenglisches Lesebuch. Halle: Neimeyer, 1912: 139.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 68.
Morley, Henry. English Writers. 2 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864, 1867: 1.468.
Wells, John Edwin. Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050-1400. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1916: 490.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: xxxiv; 1977, xlix.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 549.
3.Source: Ely, Ely Cathedral Ely Cathedral MS