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DIMEV 1826.5
He is but a lardon he shall never be good
A quatrain on hypocrisy
Note: One 4-line stanza, aabb.
Subjects: moralizing verse; hypocrisy
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2399, f. 55v
Transcription:
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
He þat is false haþ a glove for every mannys hand
Note: 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) 208).
Editions:
Wheatley, Edward. “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.