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Lyarde is an old horse and may not well draw
Lyarde, a satire on friars and husbands — 130 lines in couplets
Subjects: satire; husbands; marriage, satires on; friars, criticism/satire of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 148rb-149
First Lines:
Lyarde es ane olde horse & may noght wele draw[e]
he sall be putt in to þe parke holyn for to gnaw[e]…
Last Lines:
…Thus endis lyarde at þe laste worde
yf aman thynke mekill kepe somewhate in horde
Note: Some text of lines 23-29, 63-69 lost due to lower outer corner, f. 148, torn away.
Attributed Title: Lyarde (f. 148); Here endys Lyarde (f. 149)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.280-2.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 403-4.