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Some men sayen that I am black
A Verse Riddle — six quatrains (abab)
Subjects: riddles; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 190
First Lines:
Sume men sayonne þat i am blac
yt ys a colore for my trow…
Last Lines:
…god kepe hem boþe in feld & toune
& þanne schal y be kept ful wel
Attributed Author: Johannes Well; Wymundi london (p. 190)
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 30-1.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 455-6.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 129.