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At the beginning of the meat
A Boar’s Head carol — three quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Po po po po / Loue brane and so do mo’
Subjects: carols, boars’ head
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 29v
First Lines:
At þe be gynyng of þe mete
Of a borys hed ȝe schal hete…
Last Lines:
…Hey ȝow fast þat ȝe had don
& ȝe xal syngyn or ye gon
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 42-3.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 118.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 92-3; 1977, 81.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 257.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 48.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 139.