The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4361
IMEV 2747
NIMEV 2747
Penny is an hardy knight
‘Sir Peny’ — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Go bet peny go bet go / For þou mat makyn bothe frynd & fo’
Note: See also 2489; for a Latin version, see Wright (1841), 226.
Title(s): ‘Sir Peny’
Subjects: carols, satirical; satire; money
Versification: — four-line — aaab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 26v
First Lines:
Peny is an hardy knyght
Peny is mekyl of myght…
Last Lines:
…Of me þei holdyn but lytil fors
He was a man let hym goo
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection. London: Pickering, 1836.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 75-6.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Latin Poems Commonly Attributed to Walter Mapes. Camden Society o.s. 16 (1841): 226.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 4.359-60.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 79.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 261; 1977, 23.
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: 1.135; 1877, 116.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 3.229.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Latin Poems Commonly Attributed to Walter Mapes. Camden Society o.s. 16 (1841): 361.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 50-1.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 317.
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: 550.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 441-2.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 114-15.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 8, f. 222v
Note: Variant burden & fragment of stanza 1.
Mynors, Roger Aubrey Baskerville, ed. Catalogue of Manuscripts in Balliol College Library. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 7.