The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
He is but a lardon he shall never be good
A quatrain on hypocrisy
Note: One 4-line stanza, aabb.
Subjects: moralizing verse; hypocrisy
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2399
, f. 55v
He is but a lordon he schal never be good
Þat wil bere too faces
ond oo hoode
ffor gret clerkes sayth þat in every land
is false haþ a glove for every mannys hand
Marginal annotation. “To the right of this quatrain is a drawing
in the same ink of a two-faced man wearing a multi-lobed hat called a chaperon,
and a short, hip-length robe; the right face is sticking out his tongue. Both
elements of his costume suggest he is a wealthy, perhaps even aristocratic
urbanite, but we should also be reminded of the vice figures in Mankind
particularly New Guise who represents the excesses of fifteenth-century male
dress. To the left of the poem is a strange glove with four fingers in the
middle and thumbs on both sides, presumably repeating the motif of
two-timing.” (Wheatley (2013)
“A Dialogue of the Seven Cardinal Virtues and the Seven Deadly Sins in British Library MS Harley 2399.”
Journal of the Early Book Society.
16 (2013): 203-9: 208.