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IMEV 3098
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She saw these women all bedene
A song in praise of women — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: Pray we to oure lady dere / For here holy grace
Note: For similar pieces see 2512 and 6781.
Subjects: women, praise of; carols, of women
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), ff. 7-7v
First Lines:
Sche saw þeis women all bedene
both for sorow & fro tene…
Last Lines:
…for false men þat downe hym tray
þat þou sene he neuer in face
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 76-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 263; 1977, 233.