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This ender day befell a strife
The Old Man Worsted — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Hey howe / Sely men God helpe yowe’
Subjects: carols, of marriage; marriage
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 34v
First Lines:
This indrys day be fel a stryfe
To twex an oldman & hys wyfe…
Last Lines:
…Goo ondyr & ȝe schall wete
With hey ho[w]
Note: 2 quatrains aaab and 2 three-line stanzas aab.
Editions:
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 27.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 51.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 274-5; 1977, 243.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 481-2.