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The first it is thy hearing
John Audelay, A song of the Five Bodily Wits — five 5-line stanzas (ababc) and burden: ‘Thy v wittis loke þat wele spende / & thonke þat lord þat ham þe sende’
Author(s): John Audelay
Subjects: wits, five bodily; carols, of religious counsel
Versification: — five-line — ababc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), f. 28ra-28rb
First Lines:
þe furst hit is þi heryng
Loke þou turne a way þyne ere…
Last Lines:
…Gif hit be luste to þi lykyng
þen mesuere hit is a mary mene
Attributed Title: De quinque sensus (f. 28)
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. “Fifteenth Century Carols by John Audelay.” Modern Language Review 5 (1910): 473-91: 481-2.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 84.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 225; 1977, 199.