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IMEV 674
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Deceit deceiveth and shall be deceived
A single stanza (Bk. II, lines 4432-8) from Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (1904) — rhyme royal.
Note: Cf. also 270
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: deceit, on
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, Lambeth Palace Library Carew 623 [Book of Howth], p. 84: Hamer (1995) could not find, in spite of IMEV reference to editions, Brewer and Bullen (1867); Seymour (1929), 99.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Auct. 7.Q.2.21 (printed) penultv
Transcription:
Disceit disceyuyth & shalbe deceyvid
ffor who bi disceit is deceyvable
Thofe his disceit be not owt perceyvid
To such a deceyvour deceyt is retornable
ffraude quyt with fraude is guerdon coverable
Thofe fraude of defraudour be not son owt fownd
To such a defraudour yet sha frawde shall ay rebound
Note: Added to last paper leaf of volume by a hand of the sixteenth century, after end of printed text 3 pages previously; Hamer (1995) lists as ‘number does not exist’ since listed as Auct. 7.Q.21 in Brown and Robbins (1943); also several later transcripts on same page, including that cited by Brown and Robbins (1943), ‘Deceit decieveth & shal be decievid / For lo by Deciet is decievable…’.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21619), f. 116
First Lines:
Deceyt deceyvyth & shalbe deceyuyd
ffor who by deceyt is deceyuable…
Last Lines:
…ffor who by fraude is fraudulent founde
To a defraudour fraude will ay rebounde
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), f. 195
First Lines:
Deceyt disceyveth and shal be deceyved
ffor by deceyt who is deceyvable…
Last Lines:
…ffor whoo with fraude fraudelent ys founde
To a defrauder fraude wol ay rebounde
Note: As a separate text between end of 3312 and beginning of 6798.
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 73 (SC 4119), f. 122v
First Lines:
Dysceyt disceyueth and shal be disceyved
ffor by disceyt who that is disceyvable…
Last Lines:
…ffor who with fraude fraudulent is founde
To such defraudor fraude wele ay rebounde
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 100.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 368
First Lines:
Disceyte deceyueþe and shal beo deceyued
ffor by disceyte who þat is desceyvable
Þaughe heos disceytes beo not aperceyvable
To a desceyuous disceytes beon retournable…
Last Lines:
…ffor whoo with fraude þat fraudelent is founde
Til a defraudour fraude wol ay Rebounde
Note: Rhymes abbbbcc because scribe miswrites line 3; with Latin equivalent below, beg. ‘Dampno quid peneris vuulnus quid vuulnere morbus…’.
Attributed Title: A prouerbe (p. 368)
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20r1
Transcription:
[D]eceit destayneth and shal be desteynede
ffor by disceit who is disteynable
Though his deceyte be not a perceyuede
To a desceyoure desceyt is retornable
ffor who with fraude fraudelent is founde
To a defrauder fraude wel ay rebounde
Note: Initial ‘D’ is missing, with space left for illuminated initial.
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1825, f. 90v
Transcription:
Disceite disceyueth and shall be disceyued
ffor by disceyte who ys disceyuable
Though his disceytis be not oute perceyued
To a disceyuour disceyte ys retornable
ffraude quit with fraude is guerdoun conuenable
ffor who with fraude fraudelent ys found
To a defrauder fraude woll aye rebound
Note: Added to MS by a hand of the fifteenth or sixteenth century. Signed ‘Walker H’ to right of the stanza.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 271.
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1825, f. 91
First Lines:
Disceite disceyeth and shall b[ ]yued
ffor by disceyte who ys disceyuable
Though hys disceytis be not oute perceyued
To a disceyuour disceyte ys retornable
ffraude quit with fraude is guerdoun conuenable
ffor who with fraude fraudelent ys found
To a defrauder fraude wol aye rebound
Note: Second copy in manuscript, added to MS by a hand of the fifteenth or sixteenth century. Different from that on f. 90v.
9.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 198
Editions:
Kurvinen, Auvo. “MS. Porkington 10. Description with Extracts.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 54 (1953): 33-67: 62.
10.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 74v
First Lines:
Dissait dissauis and salbe dissauit
quha with dissait is dissauable…
Last Lines:
…and quha with fraud Is frawdfully ay fund
To þe defraudour defraud sall ay redound
Note: One stanza rhyme royal in this MS
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 202.
11.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, f. 61v
First Lines:
Deceyte deceyvyt and schall be deceyuyd
ffor by deceyte who is deceyvable…
Last Lines:
…for who by fraude fraudelent is fonde
To a defrauder defraude wyll ay rebound
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
Editions:
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 2.184.
12.Source: Nottingham, Nottingham University Library Mellish Lm 1 [olim Mellish; olim Hadsock Priory nr Worksop], f. 2vb
First Lines:
Dysceyt dysceyvyth and shall be dysceyved
ffor who by dysceyt ys dysceyvable
Though hys dysceyt be not owt perseyved
To a dysceyuour disceytes ben retornable…
Last Lines:
…ffor who with frawde frawdently is fownde
To euery suche man frawde wull euer rebounde
Attributed Title: A Balade for dysceyuors (f. 2vb)
13.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M775, f. 320
First Lines:
Desceyt desceyueth and shall be deseyued
ffor be descey who is deseyuable…
Last Lines:
ffor who with fraude fraudelent is founde
To a defraudour fraude wil ay rebounde
Note: Immediately follows 6798 as if continuation of same.