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‘How þe gosyps made a royal feest’ — in couplets
Note: Related to The gossips feast ( The gossips feast: or, a merry meeting of women kinde each other greeting. VVhich by a fire with spiced ale, told many a pleasant Christmas tale. To a delicate northerne tune: or, there was an old man sate piping, [London]: Printed at London [by M. Flesher?] for Thomas Lambert at the signe of the Hors-shoo in Smithfield, [1635?] )?
Title(s): ‘How þe gosyps made a royal feest’
Subjects: gossips
Versification: — two-line — aa



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 14546.5. Here begynneth a lytell propre ieste. Called cryste cross me spede. a.b.c. How yt good gosyps made a royall feest. [In verse.], London [W. de Worde,] [1534?]
First Lines:
Cryste crosse me spede ABC
The grace of the graye distaffe…
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.368.