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By this fire I warm my hands
The occupations appropriate to the several months — six couplets
Subjects: occupations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 88 (SC 1689), f. 97v
First Lines:
By thys fyre I warme my handys
And with my spade I delfe my landys…
Last Lines:
…At Martynes masse I kylle my swyne
And at christes masse I drynke redde wyne
Note: Names of the 12 months are written in the left margin.
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Beiträge zur mittelalterlichen Volkskunde, VI-VII.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 128 (1912): 55-71; 285-308: 296.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 246.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 95.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 485.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 109-10.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 131.
Means, Laurel. “‘Ffor as moche as yche man may not haue þe astrolabe:’ Popular Middle English Variations on the Computus.” Speculum 67 (1992): 595-623: 617.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22720, ff. 6-11v
First Lines:
By þis fyre y warme myne hondes
And with þys spade I delfe my londe…
Last Lines:
…Wyth þys ax y scle my swyne
Of þis cuppis y drynk boþ ale & wyne