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DIMEV 979
IMEV 597.5
NIMEV 597.5
Children profit and liquor failing
Riddles concealing names of ladies — in couplets
Subjects: riddles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 608 (SC 2059), f. 417v
First Lines:
Chyldern profytt & lycor faylyng
So hyght my trew loue with owten lesyng…
Last Lines:
…Water frosyn & caym is brother
So hyght my trew loue & non other
Note: Eight lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Isabel: A Riddling Mistress.” English Language Notes 1 (1963-64): 1-4: 2.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 567.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 257 (SC 21831), ff. 77-77v
Note: Four lines; variant.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Isabel: A Riddling Mistress.” English Language Notes 1 (1963-64): 1-4: 3.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.112.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, f. 219
First Lines:
Chyldern profyt & lycor faylyng…
Note: Six lines.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Isabel: A Riddling Mistress.” English Language Notes 1 (1963-64): 1-4: 2.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 228.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 1 (3 lines).