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DIMEV 624
IMEV 102.3
NIMEV TM 196
As I sat upon a straw
A carol lacking first and sixth stanzas — six quatrains (abab) and 2-line burden (bb): ‘Newes newes newes newes / Ye never herd so many newes’
Note: Formerly 102.3; Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 196.
Subjects: nonsense verse; carols, humorous
Versification: — four-line, two-line — abab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.XXV, f. 126v
First Lines:
A [ ] upon a strawe
Cudlyng of my cowe…
Last Lines:
…Our cate lyet syke and takyte gret sorowe
Note: MS damaged; beginning illegible and ends incomplete.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.239.
Böddeker, Karl. “Englische Lieder und Balladen aus dem 16. Jahrhundert.” Jahrbuch für romanische und englische Sprache- und Literatur 14 (or n.f. 2) (1875): 81-105 [933]: 2.90.
Baskerville, Charles Read. The Elizabethan Jig and related song drama. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1929: 61 (2 st. only).
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 317-18; 1977, 290.
Orme, Nicholas. “Children and Literature in Medieval England.” Medium Ævum 68 (1999): 218-46: 221 (extract).