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Of tales and trifles many men tells
The Tale of the Basin — twenty-five stanzas, generally 9-line (aaaabcccb); 223 lines altogether
Title(s): The Tale of the Basin
Subjects: tales, comic; adultery; fabliaux
Versification: — nine-line — aaaabcccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 58-61v
First Lines:
Off talys and trifulles many men tellys
Summe byn trew and sum byn ellis…
Last Lines:
…Mary for hir ioyes fyfe
Shelde vs alle fro care
Editions:
Jamieson, Robert. Popular Ballads and Songs…. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Cadell and Davies; London: J. Murray, 1806: 1.272-82.
Hartshorne, Charles Henry. Ancient Metrical Tales. London: W. Pickering, 1829: 198-208.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Tale of the Basyn and The Frere and the Boy. London: Pickering, 1836.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 3.44-53.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 166-75.
Furrow, Melissa M., ed. Ten Fifteenth-Century Comic Poems. Garland Medieval Texts 13. New York and London: Garland, 1985: 53-64.