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As I came by an way / Of one I herde say
Dame Siriȝ — 450 lines in couplets and 6-line stanzas
Note: Dame Siriȝ
Subjects: fabliaux
Versification: — two-line, six-line — aa, aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 165-168
First Lines:
As I com bi an waie
Hof on ich herde saie
Ful modi mon & proud
Wis he wes of lore…
Last Lines:
…An eni clerc of luve hire bede
Bote hoe graunte & lete him spede
Note: Modern transcription is San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 183 [olim Hawkins], ff. 10.1-10.7.
Attributed Title: Ci comence le fablel & la cointise de dame siriz (f. 165)
Facsimiles:
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Editions:
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.103.
Wright, Thomas. Anecdota Literaria. London: John Russell Smith, 1844: 1.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 137-44.
McKnight, George Harley. Middle English Humorous Tales in Verse. Boston and London: Heath, 1913; repr. New York: Gordian, 1971: 83.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 142-58.
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton, and Joseph Haslewood. The British Bibliographer. 4 vols. London: T. Bersley, vol. 1: 1810; vols. 2, 3: 1812; vol. 4: 1814: 4.193-200 (extracts).
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 118-23.
Sampson, George. The Cambridge Book of Prose and Verse. Cambridge: at the UP, 1924: 416.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 482-5 (396 lines only).
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 80-95.
Owen, Lewis J., and Nancy H. Owen, eds. Middle English Poetry: An Anthology. Indianapolis and NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971: 307.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 174.
Garbáty, Thomas, ed. Medieval English Literature. Lexington, MA, and Toronto: D. C. Heath, 1984: 442.
Bad Key: Benson1971: 372.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 175-87.