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All this day Ich had sought / Spindle ne wherve ne fond I nought
The Serving Maid’s Holiday — ten quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Wybbe ne rele ne spynne yc ne may / For joyȝe þat it ys holyday’
Note: Cf. 773.
Title(s): The Serving Maid’s Holiday
Subjects: carols, amorous; domestic life; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 41
First Lines:
Al þis day ic han sought
Spyndul ne werne ne wond y nouȝt…
Last Lines:
…druȝsty nat min dame telle
Wat me be tydde þis holyday
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 306-7; 1977, 275-6.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 24-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 162.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 452-4.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 83.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 86-8.