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DIMEV 6738
IMEV 4198
NIMEV 4198
With pity moved I am constrained
A song of the Tongue, man’s enemy — five 5-line stanzas (ababb) and burden: ‘Off al the enmys þat i can fynd / The tong is most enmy to mankynd.’
Note: Cf. 6739.
Subjects: tongue, destructive power of; carols, of moral counsel
Versification: — five-line — ababb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 50v-51
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 78-9.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 233; 1977, 207-8.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 111 (burden only).
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 148-9.