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Vices be wild and virtues lame
A song on the Abuses of the Age — six quatrains (aaab) plus burden (bb): ‘God þat sittith in trinite / Amend this world yf thy will be’
Subjects: abuses of the age; carols, of complaint
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 60v-61
First Lines:
Vycyce be wyld & vertues lame
& now be vicyce turned to game…
Last Lines:
…To send love & peace among vs all
A mong all men in christente
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 96-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 257-8; 1977, 228.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4751
First Lines:
Vices be wyld & vertues lame
& vice is torned in to game…
Last Lines:
…To send love & grace a monge vs all
And amonge all men in Cristynte
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 252-3.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 27-8.