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Tidings I bring for you for to tell
A Boar’s Head song — two irregular 9-line stanzas (aaabccddb)
Subjects: carols, boar’s head
Versification: — nine-line — aaabccddb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 22v-23
First Lines:
Tydynges I bryng ȝow for to tell
What me in wyld forest be fell…
Last Lines:
…I pray ȝow to be glad euerychon
& Ioy all in one
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 25-6.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). A Garland of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London, 1861 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 150.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 117.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 256.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 47-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 138.