The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2274
IMEV 1362
NIMEV 1362
I shall you tell a full good sport
The Gossips’ Meeting — twenty-five 6-line stanzas (aaabbc) with ‘Good gossips myn’ refrain and burden: ‘Hoow gossip myne gossip myn / Whan will we go to the wyne / Good gossipes [myn]’
Note: For a version in quatrains cf. 3795.
Subjects: carols, convivial; gossips
Versification: — six-line, three-line — aaabbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 57v-59v
First Lines:
I wyll yow tell afull good sport
How gossyps gather them on a sort…
Last Lines:
…And speak then
good off women
Note: Probably the same as the Ipswich ‘Fitch’ MS.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 91-5.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 108.
Bennett, Henry Stanley. England from Chaucer to Caxton. London: Methuen, 1928: 134.
Fitzgibbon, Henry Macaulay. Early English and Scottish Poetry. London, New York, and Melbourne: White, 1888: 226.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 3.141.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 479.
Pollett, M. John Skelton. études anglaises 9. Paris: Didier, 1962: 251-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 148.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 432-434
First Lines:
I shall you tell a full good sport
How gossippis gader them on a sort…
Last Lines:
…Will not be Refused
Good gossippis myn a
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 149.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 208.
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: 106.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 372-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 280-2; 1977, 249-50.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 537-40.