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DIMEV 3184
IMEV 1944
NIMEV 1944
Look well about ye that lovers be
Beware of deceitful women — six stanzas rhyme royal with refrain: ‘Bewar therfor the blynde etith many a flye’
Note: For refrain cf. 4225; also cf. Tilley (1950), B 541; edition without attributing source: Hammond (1927), 413.
Subjects: women, against; satires
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), f. 38.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 207-207v
First Lines:
LOoke well about ye that louers be
lat nat youre lustes leede yow to dotage…
Last Lines:
…Nat cowde then wryte womans trechery
Beware therfore the blynde eteth many a fly Explicit
Attributed Author: Chaucer (added to right margin next to line 1, by a later hand, f. 207)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.295-6.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 244, 290.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 238-40.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 566.
Forni, Kathleen, ed. The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Selection. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2005.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450), ff. 28-28v
First Lines:
Lokyth well a bowte ye that louers be
let noȝt yowre lustys lede ȝow to dotage…
Last Lines:
…lett passe ouer yn ese & let þe wynd blow
Be ware the blynde ettyth many a flye
Note: Seven eight-line stanzas, ababbcbc.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 244, 290.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 149v-150
First Lines:
LOke wele aboute ye that lovers be
Late nat youre lustis leede yow to dotage…
Last Lines:
…Nat cowde write wommans trechery
Be ware therfor the blynde ete many a flye
4.Source: Rome, English College AVCAU MS 1405, f. 75v



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Editions:
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.586.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.564.