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Why sittest thou so singing thinkest thou nothing
Verses reminding reader to remember the Pains of Purgatory — six stanzas of four monorhyming lines plus monorhyming refrain of increasing length, each ending ‘Thou schalt aby / This worlde defygh’ and burden: ‘Peas I hier a voyce saith man thou shalt dye / Remembre the paynes of purgatorie’
Subjects: purgatory, pains of; carols, of saints
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 395, f. 119v
First Lines:
Why sittist thou so syngyng þenkyst þou nothyng
Þat who so best hoppith at laste shal haue the ryng…
Last Lines:
…Of the nombre dampned see that I be noone
Pray for me high
Now god me guy
I fere me I
With dulfull cry
I shall aby
This world defygh
Peas I hier
Editions:
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton. Censura Literaria. 10 vols. London: Longman, 1805-09; 2nd ed., 1815: 401-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 211-12; 1977, 187.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 254-5.