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The best tree is ye take entent
‘A treatise of wyne’ — twenty-three macaronic quatrains
Title(s): ‘A treatise of wyne’
Subjects: wine; utilitarian verse
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 35v-38
First Lines:
The best tre if ȝe take entent
Inter ligna fructifera
Last Lines:
…& bryng yor self when ye so hens
vbi non siciant amplius
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 53-6.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 207-208
First Lines:
The best tre yf ye take entent
Inter ligna fructifera
Last Lines:
…& bryng them sone whan they go
Vbi non siscient amplius
Explicit
Attributed Title: A treatise of wyne (p. 207)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 149 (part only).
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 135-9.
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: 105-6.