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Cleanness whoso kindly could commend
Cleanness — 1812 alliterative unrhymed lines
Title(s): Cleanness
Subjects: scripture texts, paraphrases; tales, from Scripture
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Nero A.X (art. 3), ff. 57-82
First Lines:
Clannesse whoso kyndly cowþe comende
And rekken vp alle þe resounz þat ho by riȝt askez…
Last Lines:
…Þat we gon gay in oure gere þat grace he vus sende
Þat we may serue in his syȝt þer solace neuer blynnez
Facsimiles:
Gollancz, Israel, ed. Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain. EETS o.s. 162 (1923); repr. 1971.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Early English Alliterative Poems…from MS. Cotton Nero A.x. EETS o.s. 1 (1869); repr. 1965: 38-91.
Menner, Robert James. Purity: A Middle English Poem. London: Oxford UP; and New Haven: Yale UP, 1920.
Andrew, Malcolm, and Ronald Waldron, eds. The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. London: Edward Arnold, and Berkeley: University of California, 1978; repr. York Medieval Texts, second series: 111-184.
Vantuono, William, ed. The Pearl Poems: An Omnibus Edition. 2 vols. The Renaissance Imagination series vols. 5 and 6. New York: Garland, 1984: 1.82-200.