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Say me wight in the broom
Tell me, Wight in the Broom — one 6-line stanza, couplets
Subjects: dialogues; marriage; women, against
Versification: — six-line — aabbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), f. 28
Transcription:
Say me viit in þe brom
teche me wou i sule don
þat min hosebonde
me louien wolde
Hold þine tunke stille
& hawe al þine wille
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 32.
James, Montague Rhodes. Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. 4 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1900-1904: 1.441.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 119.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 40.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 63.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 11579, f. 29r1
Transcription:
Sey wist y þe brom
Hwat ys me for to don
Ich haue þe werreste bonde
þat ys in oni londe
Note: In the second line, it appears that the scribe originally copied ‘Wwat’, which he corrected to ‘Hwat’.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 32.
Wright, Thomas. A selection of Latin stories. Percy Society 8. London: Richard, 1842: 24.
Herbert, John Alexander. Catalogue of Romances in the Department of MSS. in the British Museum. Vol. 3. London, 1910: 3.529 (couplet only).
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 1.149.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 37.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 78, f. 79va-79vb
Transcription:
Wyȝt in the brom
Hwat schal I don
I haue an housebonde
The worst in thys londe
ȝyf thyn housebonde ys ylle
Hwan he chyt hold de stylle
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: De muliere que per pacienciam virum suum sibi fecit mansuetum (f. 79va)
Editions:
Pickering, Oliver S. “A Third Text of ‘Say me viit in þe brom.’” English Studies 63 (1982): 20-2: 21-2.