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Thou wost well little who is thy foe
A chanson d’aventure — song of moral advice spoken by a bird — in quatrains (abab) with refrain, ‘Þou wost wol lytil ho is thi foo’
Subjects: chansons d’aventure ; birds, as narrators; advice, moral
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 2
First Lines:
Þou wost wol lytil is þi foo

Man like þou haue this gys
Quatsumeuere þou xalt doo…
Last Lines:
…Of thi speche the wil avys
Þou wost wol lytil ho is thin foo
Note: Incomplete, beginning last line of a stanza, followed by 5 stanzas.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 1-2.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 41.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 322; 1977, 293-4.