The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
A woman that is willful is a plague of the worst
Fortunes according to cards, mainly satirical attacks against women — ten
couplets from ‘an ancient set of ten fortune cards’
Subjects: women, satire directed against; satire
1.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8026 [Mun A.4.72]
, pp. 59-61
A woman thatt ys wylfull ys a plage off the worste
as good lyue in
hell, and withe a wyffe that is curste…
…Chosse oute a matee thatt wyll leavue you a chosse
with a rede
heade a sharpe nosse and a shrill voyce
Note: Copied into an antiquarian miscellancy by Thomas Barritt, c.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds.
2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.195-6.