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Will you hear a good bourd to make you laugh all
‘The King and the Barker’ — 128 lines in couplets
Subjects: tales
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I, ff. 19v-21
First Lines:
Well yow here a god borde to make yow lawhe all
how het ffell apon a tyme er eney man het know…
Last Lines:
…There owre kyng & the barker partyd ffeyre a twyne
God þat set yn heffene so hey breyng vs owt of sene
Attributed Title: Explicit þe kyng & The Barker (f. 21)
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry. London: Clarke, 1791; 2nd ed. 1833: 61-7.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.4-10.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: 5.78.