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Be merry and suffer as I thee vise
Suffer and be Merry — five quatrains (aaab) and 2-line burden (bb): ‘He is wise so most I goo / That can be mery & suffer woo’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 240.
Subjects: advice
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aa, aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4831
First Lines:
Be mery & suffer as I the vise
Wher euer thow sytt or rise…
Last Lines:
…Let care away & greve þe nowght
& shake thy lappe & lat it go
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 361.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 265-6.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 141.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 46.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 235; 1977, 209.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 111 (4 st.).
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 133.