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Three good brothers are ye
A Charm against Toothache — twenty-one couplets
Note: Preceded by 2153.
Subjects: charms
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], f. 176rb
First Lines:
Thre gude breþer are ȝe
Gud gatis gange ȝe
haly thynges seke ȝe
he says will ȝe telle me…
Last Lines:
…Gretly athe suere ȝe me
By mary modir mylke so fre
Note: Nineteenth-century transcription is London, British Library Egerton 2257, f. 98.
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.126-7.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.375.
Hughes, Muriel Joy. Women Healers in Medieval Life and Literature. Salem, NH: Ayer, 1943; repr. 1991: 32.