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Steel is good I say no other
Women compared to steel — five quatrains and burden: ‘War yt war yt war yt wele / Wemen be as trew as stele’
Subjects: women; carols, of women
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), f. 9v
First Lines:
Stel is gud I sey no oder
So mowun wemen be kaymys broder…
Last Lines:
…& ryt for ny ned to play þe saytur
wemen be as trew as stele
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 80.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 266-67; 1977, 236.