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Of serving men I will begin
In Praise of Serving Men — eight quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘So well ys me begone / Troly lole’ (repeated)
Note: See 2407; ‘Troly, loley’ refrain is 2nd and 4th line of each stanza.
Subjects: servants, praise of; carols, amorous; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1584, f. 45v
Editions:
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: 2.8-9.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Captain Cox., His Ballads and Books. Ballad Society 7 (1871); repr. New Shakespeare Society, 1890: cxxx.
Fairholt, Frederick William. “Satirical Songs and Poems on Costume.” Percy Society 27. London: Richards, 1849: 58.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 303-4; 1977, 272.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 32-3.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 111.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 55-6.