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Doctors words may not vary
On the natures of the Twelve Signs — four quatrains at the end of a prose tract on this subject
Subjects: zodiac
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 191, Part IV (SC 6668), f. 210v
First Lines:
Doctouris wordis þat mou not varie
seien þat Aries leo & Sagittarie…
Last Lines:
…And as bokys us ensure
septemtrional of þeir nature
Note: Written as prose; divided into four quatrains with subtitles: ‘Est parte’, ‘South parte’, ‘West parte’, ‘North parte’.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 391, Part II (SC 6873), f. 4v
First Lines:
DOctours woordes mowe not vari
seyen þat aries leo and sagittari…
Last Lines:
…And as bookes vs ensure
Septentrional of þaire nature
Note: Stanzas have subtitles: ‘Eest’, ‘Southe’, ‘Weste’, ‘Northe’.
Editions:
Mooney, Linne R. “Practical Didactic Works in Middle English.” Diss. Toronto, 1981: 276-8.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1393 (SC 7589), f. 55
First Lines:
…tores woordes þat mow not warre
Seyhtte þat Aries leo & sagittary
Seyht Theis synys ben in es ynesspiciall
Coloryke fier yn the orientall…
Last Lines:
…And of lookes vs ynsewyre
Septem trianall of ther nature
Note: Each stanza with heading, as for the first, ‘Este whoot & dry’.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 90 (SC 3478), f. 21v
First Lines:
Doctouris wordis þat mou not varie
Seien þat aries leo & sagitarie…
Last Lines:
…And as bokis vs ensure
Septemtrional al þeir nature
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vitellius A.I, f. 18v
First Lines:
[D]octouris wordis þat mou not varie
Seien þat aries leo & sagittarie…
Last Lines:
…And as bookis us ensure
Septemtrional of her nature
Note: Space was left for an enlarged initial ‘D’, which was left blank.