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If it be so that leeches do thee fail
John Lydgate, ‘Dietary’, in disarranged order as follows: stanzas 2, 1, 8, 9, 3, 6, 5, l0 — stanzas 4 and 7 wanting
Note: For the normal text see 1356; incorporates 4810.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Dietary’
Subjects: bloodletting; medicine; calendars
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 166
First Lines:
Iff it be so that leches do the fayle
Vse good diete by the consaile of me…
Last Lines:
…Ne of gret maistere þat conynge can shewe
þit I counsaile the to be diete after this diatery
Note: Lines 97-168 of Lydgate’s Dietary.
Attributed Title: The diatory made by the monk of Bury (f. 166, added by fifteenth- to sixteenth-century hand)
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 1822-185
First Lines:
Iff so be þat lechis doon þee faile
Vse good diete bi þe councel of me
Mesurable fedyng & temperat trauaile
And be not maliciose for noon aduersite…
Last Lines:
…fforȝete not þis diete for it is good þ trewe
Þouȝ it b bouȝt of no potecarie
Ne of noon oþer maister þat greet cunnynge can schewe
Ȝit councelle þee be dietid by þis diatorie
Note: Preceded by a verse incipit; see 5964.5.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: orig. ed. 54-8.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 296-7.