The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3348
IMEV 2052
NIMEV 2052
Man for mischief thou thee amend
Story of the adulterous Falmouth Squire — 49 quatrains (abab)
Note: For the Prologue see 317.
Subjects: adultery, tales of; tales
Versification: — four-line — abab
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), f. 137

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 118 (SC 14611), ff. 113v-116
First Lines:
Man of þi myschefe þou þe amende
And to my termys þou take goode hede…
Last Lines:
…And graunt vs grace aftyr þi wylle
To be welwar of ffows breche
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden 5: The Messengers of Death.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 79 (1887): 411-70: 419.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 351-6; 558-64; 623.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I, ff. 1-2v
First Lines:
The elder to hel toke the wey
The yonger to paradeys vreyte…
Last Lines:
…fro dedeley syn thaw the defende
And streyyt to bles they sowle schall ffare
Note: Wanting lines 1-70.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 56rb-57va
First Lines:
Man for myschefe þu þe amende
And to my talkyng þu take gode hede…
Last Lines:
…ffro dedely synne þu the defende
And streght to blys þy soule shall fare
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Wright, Thomas. “Anecdota Literaria: Legendary Poem, From MS. Bibl. Publ. Cantab. Ff.ii.38, of the Fifteenth Century.” Retrospective Review 2 (Nov., 1853): 101-4.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 48; 67-70
First Lines:
Man for thy myschif þu the amend
And to my talkyng þu take god [h]ede…
Last Lines:
…ffro dedly synne þu þe defende
And streght to blisse þi saule shall fare
Hartshorne, Charles Henry. Ancient Metrical Tales. London: W. Pickering, 1829: 169.
Leonard, A. L. “Zwei mittelenglisch Geschichten aus der Hölle.” Diss. Zurich, 1891: 51.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 186-95.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, f. 276
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, ff. 107-110
First Lines:
Man ffrome myschefe thou þe a mende
And to my talkynge thou take gode hede…
Last Lines:
…ffrom dedely synne thou the defende
And stryghte to blisse thi soule shall fare
Attributed Title: Explicit (f. 110); a story of too skwyrys that were brethern the wyche dwellyd here yn / ynglond yn the towne of ffalmowtht yn Dorsetschere the tone / was dampnyd for brekyng of his wedlock the tother was sauyd (f. 110, in a hand different from that of the scribe)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 96-102; rev. ed. 126-32.
7.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 162vb-164ra
First Lines:
[m]an of thy myschef thee amende
And of this mater take good hede…
Last Lines:
…That wee may with Awngelys bryghtte
In heuene blysse with owten eende
Attributed Title: Here begynnyht a tale of the dignite of / wedlok and of thee perelis that is in / thee brekynge ther offe (f. 162v)