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Some be merry and some be sad
Carol on the different kinds of women — six 6-line stanzas (aaabccb) including refrain, ‘Yet all be not so / For sum be lewde & sum be shrewed / Go shrew wher so euer ye go’, and burden (dd): ‘Women women love of women / Makeþ bare pursis wiþ sum men’.
Subjects: carols, of women; women
Versification: — six-line — aaabcb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 56v-57
First Lines:
Some be mery & some be sad
& some be good & some be bad…
Last Lines:
…& sume be shrewd
Go shrew wher so euer ye go
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 89-91.
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 30-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 267-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 72-3.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 5072-508
First Lines:
Sum be mery & sum be sade
& sum be besy & sum be bade…
Last Lines:
…For sum be lewed & sum be shrewed
Go shrew wher so euer ye go
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 113, 188.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 276-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 267-8; 1977, 236-7.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, ff. 135-135v
Transcription:
Women women loue of women
make bare purs with some men
Some be nyse as a nonne hene
ȝit al thei be nat soo
some be lewde some all be schreude
Go schrewes wher thei goo
Sum be nyse and some be fonde
And some be tame y vndirstond
And some cane take brede of a manes hande
Yit all thai be nat soo
Note: Variant: 7 stanzas.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 103-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 267-8; 1977, 237-8.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 113, 188.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.248-9.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Adam of Cobsam: The Wright’s Chaste Wife. EETS o.s. 12 (1865); 2nd revised ed.,1869; 3rd ed. 1891; repr. 1965: 25-6.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: composite text: 214-15 (ten stanzas).