The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 456.5
Ay beshrew you by my fay
‘Manerly Margery Mylk and ale’, an amorous flyting, perhaps by John Skelton — four stanzas of five monorhyming lines each stanza plus a 2-line refrain: ‘Gup cristian clout gup iack of the vale / With manerly margery mylke and ale’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 232; second line of refrain appears also in 1203, line 1198.
Author(s): John Skelton (?)
Title(s): ‘Manerly Margery Mylk and ale’
Subjects: erotic verse
Versification: — five-line — aaaaa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 96v-99
Note: Music by William Cornish.
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 3.3-8.
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: 100.
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.28-9.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.35-6.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 148.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 38; 1948, 1959, 24.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 378-9.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College VI.18.2 [copy of The Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, Caxton, 1477 ] , f. 77v
First Lines:
AI be schrew yow be my fay
This wanton Clarkes be nyce all way…
Last Lines:
…yett for his love þat all has wroght
wed me ore elles I dy for thought
gvpp crischen clovt your breth is staill
go manerly margerie melke and aill
Note: Added by hand of the early sixteenth century to originally blank leaf at end of volume.
Edwards, A. S. G., and Linne R. Mooney. “A New Version of a Skelton Lyric.” Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 10 (1994): 507-11: 508-10.