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Women been fair for to…
In praise of women and the Virgin Mary — four 3-line stanzas and burden: ‘Of alle thynges that god …’
Subjects: women, praise of; Virgin Mary, praise of
Versification: — three-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, ff. iv, vi
First Lines:
Wymmen ben Of alle þyngis þat gev[ ]
Wymmen ben fayre for to [ ]
Wommen ben fayre in [ ]
Wommen were y nisst of [ ]
ho so wol yse geden h[ ]…
Last Lines:
…Al þe world he for so[ ]
Sche bare achylde þat [ ]
Note: Text imperfect; right edge cut down with loss of line ends.
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.".
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 322-3; 1977, 294.