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And apparently, it was "the most widely known farsed Epistle" and "was sung all over Europe on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Circumcision."
The Paternoster, Nicene creed, and from Compline, the Apostles' Creed were also farsed.
The epistle of the mass was the chant most often farsed: over forty examples are known nearly all listed, with sources, and with the epistle tone the accompany, in Stablein, "Epistel", MGG; see also Huglo, "Epistle", NG.
Sometimes for variety garnish them with potatoes, farsings, or little balls of farsed manchet.
But these masses/and such popish supersticions/which are farsed full with
A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful by Peter Martyr; Wherunto is Added A Sermon made of the Confessing of Christ and His Gospel and of the Denying of the same, by Henry Bullinger
The letters were innumerable that came to my hands, without knowing who brought them farsed too full of amorous conceits and offers, and containing more promises and protestations, than characters.
To this elegant criticism the rhymer ads that they will all drown because they have no steersman -- no doubt a double entendre -- and further, that friars with knives are going around and swiving men's wives, this being of course the same assertion made by most critics of the ubiquitous medieval friars, as for instance in Chaucer's General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, where he describes the Friar as having his hood ay farsed ful of knyves/
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