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Le roy cuuayte nos deneres
Macaronic quatrain, apparently from a popular song c. A.D. 1279, on dislike of the statute Quo warranto in Walter of Guisborough’s Chronicle (four out of ten MSS only)
Author(s): Walter of Guisborough
Title(s): Chronicle
Subjects: popular songs; political poems
Versification: — two-line — aa
Macaronic: French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 170 (SC 1771), f. 74v
Transcription:
Le Roy Couet nos deners
e la Rayne nos beaus maners
ele Quo woranto
Sale maketh vs all to do
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 168 (SC 1769), f. 156ra
Transcription:
le Roy couoyte nos deners
& la Reyne nos beaux maners
e le Quo Varanto
sale
make wus al at do
Note: Inserted in Latin prose. Written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.2.5, f. 90
Transcription:
Le rey coueit nos deners
e la reyne nos beaus maners
e le quo waranto

sale maketh us alle to do
4.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 239, f. 75rb
Transcription:
Le roy cuuayte nor deneres
e la Rayne nor beau maners
ele Quo voranto
sale mak wus al at do
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Hamilton, Hans Claude, ed. Chronicon…de Hemingburgh…. 2 vols. London: English Historical Society, 1848-49: 2.7 (MS unspecified).
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. Early Middle English Literature. London: Methuen, 1939, 1951: 269.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 196.
Rothwell, H., ed. The Chronicle Of Walter Of Guisborough, Previously Edited As The Chronicle Of Walter of Hemingford Or Hemingburgh. Camden Society 3rd ser. 89 (1956): 216n.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “A Highly Critical Approach to the Middle English Lyric.” College English 30 (1968): 74-5: 5 (cites Rothwell).