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Sithen that Britain was bigged and Brutus it ought
Wynnere and Wastoure — in unrhyming alliterative verse
Title(s): Wynnere and Wastoure
Subjects: allegory; dream visions; debates; satires; national policy, discussions on
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], ff. 176v-181v
First Lines:
Sythen that bretayne was biggede and bruyttus it aughte
Thurgh the takynge of troye with tresone withinn…
Last Lines:
…And sythen kayren as i come with knyghtis þat me foloen
To þe kirke of colayne þer þe kynges ligges…
Note: Ends imperfectly.
Attributed Title: Here begynnes a tretys and god schorte refreyte betwixe wynnere and wastoure (f. 176v)
Editions:
Gollancz, Israel, ed. Parlement of the Thre Ages. Roxburghe Club 132. London: Nichols, 1897, 1915: 88 (1897 ed.).
Gollancz, Israel. Select Early English Poems. 9 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1913, 1933: 3.
Gollancz, Israel. A Good Debate between Winner and Waster. 2nd ed. London: Oxford UP, 1930; orig. pub. 1900, and also as an appendix to the orig. ed. of Gollancz (1897), and as vol. 3 in Gollancz (1913): 111.
Ford, Boris. The Age of Chaucer, with an Anthology of Medieval Poems. Hammersmith, Melbourne, etc.: Penguin, 1954: 315-32.
Haskell, Ann Sullivan, ed. A Middle English Anthology. Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1969; 2nd ed. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1985: 382.
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 41-66.
Trigg, Stephanie, ed. Wynnere and Wastoure. EETS o.s. 297 (1990).
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 66-98.
Ginsberg, Warren, ed. Wynnere and Wastoure and the Parlement of the Thre Ages. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1992.