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Q: The Ballad of the Wanton Wife of Bath - URGENT!!! ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: The Ballad of the Wanton Wife of Bath - URGENT!!!
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: kniget-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 25 Dec 2004 08:13 PST
Expires: 24 Jan 2005 08:13 PST
Question ID: 447170
I require the _complete_ lyrics of the Ballad of the Wanton Wife of Bath. The 
first stanza of the ballad goes "In Bath a wanton wife did dwell / as Chaucer 
he doth write / Who did in pleasure spend her days / in many a fond delight". 
It can be found in the following books:
"The Pepys Ballads", intr. W.G. Day, n. 39 (Cambridge, 1987)
Thomas Percy, "Reliques of Ancient (English?) Poetry", vol. III, II, 12 (first 
and second editions only).

Please note that the version found in does not include
the complete ballad.

Subject: Re: The Ballad of the Wanton Wife of Bath - URGENT!!!
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 25 Dec 2004 09:36 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
If it's urgent, we can do it...even on a holiday!

The full ballad is here:;cc=genpub;xc=1;xg=1;sid=819722463e11b055b67ea2f409a33af1;q1=Wanton%20Wife%20of%20Bath;rgn=full%20text;idno=ABF2062.0008.001;view=image;seq=00000158

The format above is an image of the page in a book.  However, you can
switch to a text version (machine generated, so there are often typos)
by making use of the "page forma" pull down menu in the upper left.

Let me know if you need any additional information.


search strategy:  Searched the Making of America website for "Wanton 
Wife of Bath"
kniget-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

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