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IMEV 3461
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The ship axe said unto the wright
The Debate of the Carpenter’s Tools — 288 lines in couplets
Subjects: debates; occupations; tools, carpenters’
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 23-26
First Lines:
The shype Ax seyd vnto þe wryght
Mete & drynke I schall ye plyght
Clen hose & clene schone
Gete þem wer as euer þou kane…
Last Lines:
…And bryng vs All vn to his blysse
That neuer fro vs schall mysse
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Nugae Poeticae: Select Pieces of Old English Popular Poetry, Illustrating the Manners and Arts of the Fifteenth Century. London: J. R. Smith, 1844: 13-20.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.79-90.
Müller, E. M., ed. “Der Streit der Zimmermanns Werkzeuge: Ein mittelenglische Gedicht.” Diss. Erlangen, 1899.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 223-35.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 74-80; 456-60; 602-3.