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: Harley 3810
286 With esy pace and wele avysed,
287 Taberis and pypes yeden hem by
288 And alle maner of mynstrelsy;
289 And ladyes ther com rydyng,
290 Joly they wer in alle thing;
291 Jentle and jolef, forsothe, y wys.
is preserved in three manuscripts: the oldest, Advocates 19.2.1, known as the Auchinleck MS (National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh), is dated at about 1330; Harley 3810 (British Library, London), is from about the beginning of the fifteenth century; Ashmole 61 (Bodleian Library, Oxford), compiled over the course of several years, the portion of the MS. containing
dating around 1488. The beginning of the poem describes itself as a Breton
, and says it is derived from a lost text, the
Whilst Harley 3810 refers to 'pypes', the other two manuscipts refer to 'trumpes' (trumpets).
Here 'pypes' probably refers to the tabor-pipe (see Carter 1961/1980: 350).
Carter, H.H. (1961/1980).
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