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A lady had my love let the bull begin to bellow
Nonsense verses addressed to lovers — two stanzas with refrain, ‘With a m an a I þe bolle get in þe corne / but mi leman loue well as ryt as ramis orn’.
Subjects: nonsense verse; ribaldry
Versification: — irregular



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 27, f. 130
Transcription:
A leuedy ad my loue leyt þe bole bigan to belle
þe coku ad þe kite keyt þe dog is in þe welle
Stod y in my stirope streyt, I schak out of þe schelle
filipe with is fauchun fant, be god, sayd Iak in hille
With a m an a I þe bolle got in þe corne
but mi leman loue well as ryt as ramis orn
If you loue a wenche wel, eyþer loude or stille
Bestir wel but yef hir noyne grant hir al hir welle
Be þu nowt so hardy hir onis to grille
Wan þu ast þin welle don let hir morne still
With an [m an a I þe bolle got in þe corne
but mi leman loue well as ryt as ramis orn]
I swer be þe leues let her ches wer sche wel loue or leue
Note: Added to a blank space by a sixteenth-century hand following the end of the preceding item.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.19.