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IMEV 872
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Friendship faileth and fully fadeth / Faithful friends few
‘Fy on a feynt Frende’ — nine 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, alliterating and with a refrain, ‘And þer fy on a feynt frende’
Title(s): ‘Fy on a feynt Frende’
Subjects: friends, fickleness of
Versification: — alliterative, eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 408vc-409ra
First Lines:
Frenschipe faileþ & fullich fadeþ
ffeiþful frendes fewe we fynde…
Last Lines:
…Do we so þat crist beo payet
And þenne we hauen a syker frend
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 304-6.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 686-8.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 155-7.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 130va
First Lines:
FRenschupe faileþ & fullich fadeþ
[F]eiþeful frendes fewe we fynde…
Last Lines:
…Dow we so þat crist be payid
And þenne we hauen a syker frend
Note: The initial ‘F’ is supplied by the ornamental letter of the first line.
Attributed Title: Explicit A song ffy on a feynt frend (f. 130va)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.