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IMEV 554.5
NIMEV TM 288
But if that I may have truly
A drinking song — sixteen 6-line stanzas (aabccb), with 4-line burden: ‘back and syde goo bare goo bare / bothe hand & fote goo colde / but belly god sende the good ale I nowghe / whether hyt be newe or holde’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 288; a shorter version, four 8-line stanzas and burden in Gammer Gurton’s Needle, Act II. Cf. also Hawkins (1776), 3.21-2.
Subjects: drinking songs; songs
Versification: — six-line, four-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 25.F.40 (MS Dyce 45), ff. 23v-25
First Lines:
but yf that I maye have trwly
goode ale my belly full…
Last Lines:
…of them & ther ly wyves
wether they be yong or olde
backe & syde goo bare goo bere…
Editions:
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.vii.
Bullen, Arthur Henry. Lyrics from the Dramatists of the Elizabethan Age. London: J. C. Nimo, 1889: 288-90.
Gayley, Charles Mills. Representative English Comedies…. New York: Macmillan, 1912: 1.259.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 299-31.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932, and subsequent editions: 94-6.