The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All That I May Swynk Or Swet

Words and Music: Traditional English

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #21, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

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All that I may swynk or swet,
My wyfe it wyll both drynk and ete,
And I sey ou3t, she wyl me bete:
          Carful ys my hart therefor.

I I sey ou3t of her but good,
She loke on me as she war wod,
And wyll me clou3t abouu3t the hod;
          Carful, etc.

If she wyll to the gud ale ryd,
Me must trod all by hyr syd,
And whan she drynk I must abyd;
          Carful, etc.

If I saw it shal be thus,
She sey, Thou lyyst, charll, I wous,
Wenest thou to overcome me thus?
          Carful, etc.

If ony man have such a wyfe to lede,
He shal know how judicae cam in the cred;
Of hys penans God do hym med.
          Carful, etc.

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