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DIMEV 5606
IMEV 3552
NIMEV 3552
There were three wily three wily there were
Abuse of Women — four couplets and burden: ‘Herfor & therfor & therfor I came / And for to praysse this prety woman’
Note: For a variant cf. 5111. Cf. D’Urfey (1698), 2.127.
Subjects: carols, of women; women, against
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 13-13v
First Lines:
Ther wer iii wylly 3 wyly ther wer
A fox a fryyr and a woman…
Last Lines:
…þer wer 3 wold be betyn 3 wold be betyn ther wer
A myll a stoke fysche & a woman
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 4-5.
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 20.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. The Cambridge History of English Literature. Vol. 2 Cambridge, 1927: 2.437.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 466.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 153.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 239.