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He may be thy boot
A tag in the Fasciculus morum, the introductory line to an aphorism
Subjects: sermons, verse in
Versification: — one-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 178vb
Transcription:
for he may be þy bote
& saue þy synne
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 58
Transcription:
He may be þi bote
And bete þi bale
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 101
Transcription:
he may be þi bote & bete þi synne & cetera
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 71vb
Transcription:
he may be þy bette
And bote þy synne
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 100v
Transcription:
He may be þy bote and bote þy synne
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 203.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 64v
Transcription:
he may be þi bote & bete þi synne
& sic sauaberis
Note: Incomplete in this MS.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 130v
Transcription:
he may be þi bot
& bat þi syn & sic saluabis
Note: Written as prose; lapses into Latin.
8.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 126v
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 204ra
Transcription:
he may be þy bote et bot þy syne & c[etera]
10.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 106
Transcription:
He may be thy bote & bote þi syn
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 205ra
Transcription:
he may be þy bote & bete þy sinne
Note: Wenzel lists as ‘A’ under ‘Other English Phrases’, Fasc. Morum p. 203; written as prose.
12.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 65