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IMEV 3707
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Though thou be king of tower and town
Verses urging Man to make Amends — five quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘But if þou wylt amendis make’ and burden: ‘Synful man for godis sake / I rede þat þou amendis make’
Note: Stanza 4 is almost identical with stanza 1 of 3344.
Subjects: carols, of moral counsel
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 30v-31
First Lines:
Thow þou byst kyng & wer þe crowne
Thow þou byst lord of towr & towne …
Last Lines:
…but ȝyf þou wylt a mendes mak
synful man for crystes sake
Note: Burden and stanzas 1, 3, 5, 4.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 44-5.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 6-6v
First Lines:
Thow þou be kyng of tour & town
Thow þou be kyng & were coroun…
Last Lines:
…In helle þou xalt ben hangyd hye
But if þou wilt amendes make
Note: Burden and stanzas 1, 3, 5, 4.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 15-16.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 186.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 45.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 240; 1977, 213.