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At wrestling my leman I chose
A popular rhyme in a sermon — one couplet, or four lines rhyming aaba or aabb
Subjects: games; erotic verse; sermons, verse in; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — two-line, four-line — aa, aabb, aaba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 86
Transcription:
Ate ston casting my lemman iches
and atte wrastling sone i hym les
allas þat he so sone fel
wy nadde he stonde better vile geres
Note: Four lines in a sermon on Ezechiel 6:11 (ff. 86-89v); lines 3-4 repeated further down page, with ending, ‘stonde vile gorel’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: xxxix.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 552.
Stemmler, Theo. “More English Texts from MS. Cambridge University Library Ii.III.8.” Anglia 93 (1975): 1-16: 9.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.1.45 (43), f. 41v
Transcription:
Atte wrastlinge mi lemman iches
and atte ston kasting i him for les
Note: Two lines, quoted in a sermon against such songs.
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Kleinere mittelenglische texte.” Anglia 42 (1918): 145-224; 43 (1919): 191: 152.
James, Montague Rhodes. Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. 4 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1900-1904: 1.58.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “Texts and the Man.” MHRA Bulletin 2 (1928): 97-111: 106.
Pfander, Homer Garrison. “The Popular Sermon of the Medieval Friar in England.” Diss. New York University, 1937: 52.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: xxxv; 1977, l.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature II.” Leeds Studies in English 6 (1937): 30-49: 46.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 174.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: xxxix.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 5.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948: 226.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 24, 31.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 552.