The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3795
IMEV 2358.5
NIMEV 2358.5
Now shall you hear a tale for your disport
The Gossips’ Meeting — in eight-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Gode gosyp’, after fourth and eighth
Note: For a version in 6-line stanzas see 2274.
Subjects: gossips; carols, convivial
Versification: — eight-line — aaabcccb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vitellius D.XI, f. 43v
First Lines:
Now shall youe her a tale fore youre dys[port]
Howe gossyppes dyd gader in a sorte…
Last Lines:
…A pasti of pegenys or sum [other thyng]
That we may make sum g[ame]
[Good gosyp]
Note: Stanzas 1-3, no burden.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Good Gossips Reunited.” British Museum Quarterly 27 (1963): 12-15: 12-13.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 253.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus A.XXVI, ff. 161-162
First Lines:
Go ye be ffore be twayne and twayne
Wysly thay ye be not I sayne…
Last Lines:
…Of there de wosyon they wold sende
A peny forto drynke at the end
Note: Stanzas 7-26; four-line stanzas (aaab) plus burden (reconstructed) [Gode gosyp]. The title immediately preceding this item does not match with the item that follows due to missing leaves. This also means that the initial stanzas and burden of this item are missing. Two words were corrected by the scribe in the final line: ‘them’ to ‘drynke’ and ‘send’ to ‘the end’.
Attributed Title: here be Gynnyth the boke of the siege of Rodes (f. 160v)
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs from the Time of King Henry the Third to the Revolution. London, 1790. Further editions as Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 77; 1829; 1.136-40.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 104-7.
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: 187-8.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 108-12.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 213-15.
Masters, James Edwin. The Gossips. Shaftesbury: High House Press, 1926.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 283-4; 1977, 251-2.