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How the crown must be kept from covetous people
Mum and the Sothsegger — alliterative lines
Note: See 503 for the companion piece, Richard the Redeless.
Title(s): Mum and the Sothsegger
Subjects: contemporary conditions; Richard II, deposition of; national policy, discussions of; alliterative unrhymed



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 41666, ff. 1-19v
First Lines:
Hovgh þe coronne moste be kepte fro couetous peuple
Al hoole in his hande and at his heeste eke…
Last Lines:
…[...]ourchachid no prelacies with prince noþer elles
[...]yer ne povndes but þorough proufe of þayre workes
Note: 1751 lines; ends imperfectly. Initial words of last lines are missing due to damage to the manuscript.
Editions:
Day, Mabel, and Richard Steele, eds. Mum and the Sothsegger. EETS o.s. 199 (1936); repr. 1987.
Dean, James M., ed. Richard the Redeless and Mum and the Sothsegger. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2000.