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Will ye hear a wonder thing
Dialogue between the Devil and a Maid — twenty-two couplets
Subjects: dialogues; devil; Satan
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), ff. 174v-175
First Lines:
Wol ȝe here a wonder thyng
Be twyxt a mayd & þe fovle fende
Thys spake þe fend to þe mayd
Be leue on me mayd to day…
Last Lines:
…Now thu fende styl thu be
Nell ich speke no more with the
Note: First twelve couplets (f. 174v) written one couplet per line; signed(?) ‘Waltervs Pollard’ (f. 175), with additional ‘Pollarde’ written to left of last couplet.
Attributed Title: Inter diabolus et virgo (f. 174v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Three Middle English Poems.” Englische Studien 23 (1897): 438-45: 444-5.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: No. 1, 5.283-4.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 1-2.
Leach, Edward, ed. The Ballad Book. New York: Harper, 1955: 47-8.