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If that lorel lords this understood
A treatise in reproof of worldiness in the clergy
Subjects: clergy, criticism/satire of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 198 (SC 3712), ff. 172-173v
First Lines:
Gif þat lorel lordes þis understode
And þise bisshoppis þat cunne litel gode…
Last Lines:
…þat to houre lyf is ful profitable
[ ] oure soule amendable
Note: 126 lines; the poem in this MS is not incorporated into the Prick of Conscience: Brown and Robbins (1943) confuses it with the copy in Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 60 (SC 6922); the text is very faded and at places completely unreadable.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. The Thornton Romances: The Early English Metrical Romances of Perceval, Isumbras, Eglamour, and Degrevant. Camden Society o.s. 30 (1844); repr. F.S. Ellis, Kelmscott Press, 1897: 259-61 (latter portion only).
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 60 (SC 6922), ff. 1-7v
First Lines:
ȝif lorel lordis þis vnderstode
And þise bischopis þat kunnen litil goode
And þise conkunnynge abbotis and priouris
And many othere rekles doctouris…
Last Lines:
…ffor þer is difference as y wene
Bytwene techyng and prechyng euene
Note: 212 lines; at the beginning of the MS there are four extracts (18 couplets on f. 1; 26 couplets on ff. 1v-2; 29 couplets and one line on ff. 3-3v, 50 couplets on ff. 4-5; 43 couplets on ff. 6-7v) intermixed with Latin prose; extract on f. 3v is incomplete because of missing leaf.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Ballads from Manuscripts. London: Ballad Society, 1863; repr. New York: AMS, 1968: 1.63.
Allen, Hope Emily. Writings Attributed to Richard Rolle. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1927: 391-2 (extracts).