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Bring us in no brown bread for that is made of bran
Bring us in good ale! — long lines in couplets, and refrain ‘And bryng vs in good ale’
Subjects: ale; carols, convivial; drinking songs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 41v
First Lines:
Bryng vs in no browne bred fore þat is mad of brane
Nore bryng vs in no whyt bred fore þer in is no game…
Last Lines:
…Nor bryng vs in no dokes flesch for þei slober in þe mer
But bryng vs in good ale
Note: 8 stanzas; probably the same as the Ipswich ‘Fitch’ MS; preceded by the first stanza of 5952 [1 with musical notation and a note: ‘Thys is þe tewyn for þe song foloyng’].
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 63, 102.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 185-7; 1977, 254-5.
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.184.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London, 1893: 42.
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: 284.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 222-3.
Sandys, William. Festive Songs. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1848: 16.
Gutch, Eliza. Notes on the Months. London: Beeton, 1866: 418.
Wright, Thomas. “ ‘On the MS Song-book of an Ipswich Minstrel of the Fifteenth Century’ delivered to 1864 Congress, included in ‘Report on the British Archaeological Association, Ipswich Congress, Aug. 8-13, 1864.’ ” Gentleman’s Magazine 217 (Oct.-Dec., 1864): 476-86, 592-602, 733-39. esp. Nov., 1864: 596-597: 597.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 245.
Masters, James Edwin, ed. Rymes of the Minstrels. Shaftesbury, Dorset: High House Press, 1927; anonymous: 21.
Bullen, Arthur Henry. Carols and Poems from the fifteenth century to the present time. London, 1866, repr. as Songs and Carols. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885 London: John C. Nimmo, 1885: 187.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 311.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 478.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 9-10.
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 87-8.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 154.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 217.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 142-3.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 104-5.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 482-3.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 146-7.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 143-4.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 541, f. 214v
Note: Six stanzas.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 63, 102.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 185-7; 1977, 254-5.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs from the Time of King Henry the Third to the Revolution. London, 1790. Further editions as Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: xlix; 1829, 1.xlix.
Chener, Polecarp. “A Christmas Ditty of the Fifteenth Century.” Notes and Queries 2nd. ser. 10 (1860): 471: 471.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 3.140-1.