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IMEV 161
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Alas what shall we friars do
An ironic lament of the friars, in answer to 5860 — nine quatrains
Subjects: laments, ironic; friars, criticism/satire of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.28 (195), ff. iv-ii
First Lines:
Allas what schul we freris do
Now lewed men kun holy writ…
Last Lines:
…Men schul fynde vnneþe a frere
In englonde wiþin a whille
Note: On fly leaves at front; 9 x 4, abab; follows 5860. James (1913) considered 3697 and 161 as constituting a single poem.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1913: 230 (last four lines only); .
Utley, Francis Lee. “The Layman’s Complaint and the Friar’s Answer.” Harvard Theological Review 38 (1945): 141-7: 145.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 42-3.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 166-8.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 323.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 265-6.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 411-12.