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In whom is truth pity freedom and hardiness
Qualities of a Gentleman — two couplets
Note: Variant on the epilogue to Chaucer’s ‘Gentilesse’ (5277), which appears in one MS.
Subjects: gentleman, qualities of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 775, f. 55v
Transcription:
In whom is trauthe pettee fredome and hardynesse
He is a man inheryte to gentylmene
Off thisse virtues iiij who lakkyth iij
He aught never gentylmane called to be
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.252.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 40.
Davis, Norman. “Chaucer’s Gentilesse: A Forgotten Manuscript with some Proverbs.” Review of English Studies 20 (1969): 43-50: 47.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 563.