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Who carps of birds of great gentries
On the fickleness of women — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Pulle of her bellys & let her go flye’ or ‘Then plukkyd y of here bellys & let here fly’
Subjects: women, faithlessness of; birds
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 59v-60v
First Lines:
When men motyth of byrdys of gret gentree
The sparahauke me thynkyth makyth most disporte…
Last Lines:
…But clothe þem well in stafford blewe
And pulle of her bellys and let her flye
Note: Eight stanzas only.
Editions:
Cords, Rose. “Fünf mittelenglische Gedichte aus den Handschrifts Rawlinson Poetry 36 und Rawlinson C.86.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 135 (1916): 292-302: 298-300.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450), ff. 21-22
First Lines:
Who carpys of bryddys of grete Jentrys
The sperhawke me semyth makys moste dysporte…
Last Lines:
…Then speke ye here feyre & loke ye plesant be
And then pluk of here bleeys & lete here fly
Attributed Title: Explicit Reuertere (f. 22, by scribe)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.27-9.