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The boars head in hand I bring
A Boar’s Head carol — eight quatrains (aab) and burden: ‘Hey hey hey hey / The borrys hede is armyd gay’
Subjects: carols, boars’ head
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 202
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 3-4.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.30.
Sandys, William. Christmastide its history, festivities, and carols. London: John Russell Smith, 1852: 230.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). A Garland of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London, 1861 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 155.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 116.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 264.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). Christmas Carols and Ballads. London, 1874 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 168.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 257.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 93; 1977, 81-2.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 49-50.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 145-6.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 140.