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DIMEV 3227
IMEV 1974
NIMEV 1974
Lord that lendest us life and lookest each one lead
On the follies of fashion — five 7-line stanzas
Subjects: clothing, against extremes of; women, against
Versification: — seven-line — ababccc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 61v
First Lines:
Lord þat lenest vs lyf
ant lokest vch an lede
Forte cocke wiþ knyf
nast þou none nede…
Last Lines:
…Þat heo be kud ant knewe
For strompet in rybaudes rewe
Note: Written two lines of verse per line of MS.
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 153.
Fairholt, Frederick William. “Satirical Songs and Poems on Costume.” Percy Society 27. London: Richards, 1849: 40-2.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 106-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 133-4.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 124-5.
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: 480.
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 12-13.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 4, no. 25a.