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IMEV 655
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Considering effectually the great diversity
The difficulty of choosing a profession in religion — twenty-one
8-line stanzas, with refrain, ‘Allas quid eligam ignoro
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 332.
Subjects: religion, difficulty of choosing a profession in
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 94-96v
First Lines:
Consideryng effectually the gret diuersite
Of sectys conteynyd in the church present…
Last Lines:
…Than durst I be ryght bold thys refreyt for to preche
Alas Quid eligam ignore
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 44-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 3-4v
First Lines:
Considring effectuallyþe grete diversite
of sectes conteynyd in the chirche present…
Last Lines:
…we shall trust in god in avoydyng this sentence
Of allas quid eligam Ignoro
Note: 17 stanzas only. ‘Explicit’ below last line.
Attributed Title: Quid eligam ignoro (in upper margin by scribe, f. 3)