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Be it right or wrong
The Notbrowne Mayde — in 18-line stanzas or 6-line stanzas with alternating refrains, ‘He is a banysshed man’ and ‘She loved but hym alone’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 238; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 209; for discussion of stemma and earliest text, see Ringler Jr. (1971), 27-51
Title(s): The Notbrowne Mayde
Subjects: women, warning to; women, as speakers/narrators; dialogues, lovers’
Versification: — eighteen-line stanza, six-line — aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 440-446
First Lines:
Be it right or wronge
Thes men amonge…
Last Lines:
…Moche more owght they
to god obey
& serue but hym alon
Attributed Author: Explicit quod Richard Hill (p. 446)
Attributed Title: The Nutbrown mayde (p. 440); Here endith þe nutbrown mayde (p. 446)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 3.174-86.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27879, p. 420
Note: Twenty 12-line stanzas; incomplete.
Editions:
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 3.174-86.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 782. Arnold, Richard, Arnold’s Chronicle, [Antwerp, van Berghen, 1503?] , fols. 75-77v
First Lines:
BE it right or wrong these men among on women do complaine
Affermyng this how that it is a labour spent in vaine…
Last Lines:
…For sith men wolde that wymen sholde be meke to them echeon
Moche more ought they to god obey and serue but hym alone
Attributed Title: “A ballade of þe notte browne mayde” (from the calendar at the front of the book)
2.Source: STC 783. Arnold, Richard, Arnold’s Chronicle, [Southwark, Treveris, 1525?] , sig. N.6-O2v
First Lines:
BE it right or wrong these men among. on women do complaine
Affyrmyng this howe that it is. A labour spent in wayne…
Last Lines:
…For soth men wolde þat women sholde Be meke to them echone.
Moche more ought they to god obey and serue but hym alone.
Note: Almost all texts are conflations of Arnold, Richard, Arnold’s Chronicle, [Antwerp, van Berghen, 1503?] and Arnold, Richard, Arnold’s Chronicle, [Southwark, Treveris, 1525?] , but often eclectic.
Attributed Title: “A ballade of þe notte browne mayde” (from the calendar at the front of the book)
Editions:
The Muses Mercury, or, The monthly miscellany London : Andrew Bell, 1707: 1.134.
Capel, Edward. Prolusions: or, select pieces of antient poetry…. London: J. and R. Tonson, 1760: 3.
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. London: J. Dodsley, 1765, and subsequent editions: 198-203.
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 4.144-57.
Ashton, John, ed. A Century of Ballads. London, Elliot Stock, 1887: vi-xii.
Fitzgibbon, Henry Macaulay. Early English and Scottish Poetry. London, New York, and Melbourne: White, 1888: 212-25.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 184-90.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Nutbrowne Maid. London, 1836.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 2.272-94 (540 lines).
Fitzgibbon, Henry Macaulay. Early English and Scottish Poetry. London, New York, and Melbourne: White, 1888: 155.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 167-71.
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton. Censura Literaria. 10 vols. London: Longman, 1805-09; 2nd ed., 1815: 6.113.
Bad Key: Manley1907: 88.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 34-48 (360 lines).
Newbolt, Sir Henry John. An English Anthology of Prose and Poetry. London: Dutton, 1921: 86.
Sidgwick, Frank. Ballads and Lyrics of Love. Philadelphia: Lippincott; London: Chatto & Windus, 1900, 1909: 164.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932, and subsequent editions: 1.