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To unpraise women it were a shame
In praise of women — three quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘I am as lyght as any roe / To preyse wemen wher that I goo’
Subjects: women, praise of; carols, of women
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 4294, f. 81
First Lines:
To onpreyse wemen yt were a shame
For a woman was thy dame…
Last Lines:
…Ther to she puttythe all her myght
And yet she hathe bot care and woo
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.275.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 197.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 264; 1977, 234.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 31.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 297.
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: 470.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 383-4.
Grigson, Geoffrey, ed. The Faber Book of Popular Verse. London: Faber, 1971: 207.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 521.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 39-40.
Salisbury, Eve, ed. Select Secular Lyrics of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. Originally Published in The Trials and Joys of Marriage. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2002.