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Young men I rede that ye beware
Beware of a shrewish wife — three quatrains and burden: ‘In soro & car he led hys lyfe / Þat haue a schrow ontyll is wyfe’
Note: See Utley (1944). 400.
Subjects: wives, shrewish; carols, of marriage; marriage
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 29v-30
First Lines:
Ȝyng men I red þat ȝe be war
That ȝe cum not in þe snar…
Last Lines:
…sorow he hath both vp & down
þat haue a schrow on to hys wyf
Editions:
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 23.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 43.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 70.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection. London: Pickering, 1836: 23.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 209.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 271; 1977, 240.