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IMEV 1870
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Lex is laid a-down / And veritas is but small
Evils of the Time — four lines (aabb)
Note: See 4427.
Subjects: evils of the time; bribery
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 215
Transcription:
Lex is layde adowne
Veritas is full small
ffides in is out of town
Caritas is gone with all
Note: Written in verse lines, with rhyme markers to right.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 216
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), f. 18
Transcription:
Lex is leyd a down
Amor is ful smal
Caritas owte of town
Veritas is go with al
Editions:
Louis, Cameron, ed. The Commonplace Book of Robert Reynes of Acle: an edition of Tanner MS 407. New York: Garland, 1980: 181.
4.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], f. 81
Transcription:
Lex ys leyd a-downe
And veritas ys but small
Amor ys owt of Towne
And Caritas ys gon with all
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 20.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 347.