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DIMEV 3117.5
IMEV 1897
NIMEV 1897
Listeneth lordings I you pray
How a merchande dyd hys wyfe betray or A penniworth of witte — in couplets
Note: See 4123.
Title(s): How a merchande dyd hys wyfe betray or A penniworth of witte
Subjects: adultery, tales of; tales
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 57va-59rb
First Lines:
Lystenyþ lordynges y yow pray
How a merchand dyd hys wyfe betray…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu as thou art heuyn kynge
To the blys of heuyn owre soules brynge Amen Amen
Note: 272 lines.
Attributed Title: here foloweþ how a merchande dyd hys wyfe betray (f. 57va)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen. “Vier Romanzen-Handschriften.” Englische Studien 7 (1884): 101-25: 118-24.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry. London: Clarke, 1791; 2nd ed. 1833: 69-83.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.196-208.
Masters, James Edwin. How a merchant did his wife betray: a 15th-century ballad repr. by J. E. Masters. Shaftesbury, 1933.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, f. 286
Note: 175 lines; fragmentary.
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen. “Vier Romanzen-Handschriften.” Englische Studien 7 (1884): 101-25: 118-24.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.144-52.
3.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 207v
Note: Imperfect.