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A little tale I will you tell
Strife in the house! a carol — fourteen quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘At þe townys end’ plus burden (cc): ‘Alas sayd þe gudman thi ys an hevy lyff / And all ys well þat endyth well said þe gud wyff’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 22.
Subjects: domestic life; carols, secular
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 505
First Lines:
A lytyll tale I will you tell
The very trowth how it befell…
Last Lines:
…Lest he be knokked a bowt þe pate
Them to repent yt ys to late
When on his cheke he ys chekmate
At þe townys end
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 271-3.
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: 110-11.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 273-4; 1977, 242-3.