The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 342
As I came by an way / Of one I herde say
Dame Siriȝ — 450 lines in couplets and 6-line stanzas
Note: Dame Siriȝ
Subjects: fabliaux
Versification: — two-line, six-line — aa, aabccb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 165-168
First Lines:
As I com bi an waie
Hof on ich herde saie
Ful modi mon & proud
Wis he wes of lore…
Last Lines:
…An eni clerc of luve hire bede
Bote hoe graunte & lete him spede
Note: Modern transcription is San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 183 [olim Hawkins], ff. 10.1-10.7.
Attributed Title: Ci comence le fablel & la cointise de dame siriz (f. 165)
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