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IMEV 2145
NIMEV 2145
Men them bemoanen of little truth / It is dead and that is ruth
On the degeneracy of the times — two couplets translating ‘Heu plebs conqueritur’, etc.
Note: See also 3472 and 5787.
Subjects: evils of the times
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Merton College Lat. 248, f. 166vb
Transcription:
hallas men planys of litel trwthe
hit ys dede and tat is rwthe
falsedum regnis and es a bowe
and vyris es trwloue
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 54.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Preachers, Poets and the English Lyric. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1986: 191.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2316, f. 26
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.121.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 259.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 227, f. 258
Transcription:
Men hem pleynit of mikil vntrewthe
Ryt is det & ȝat is rewthe
Trecherye leuit & is aboue
Southe is buryit trewe loue
Note: Written as verse; both it and the Latin it translates (Heu plebs conqueritur…) added to lower margin of page by a hand of the fourteenth century.
Editions:
Mynors, Roger Aubrey Baskerville, ed. Catalogue of Manuscripts in Balliol College Library. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 229.
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2788, f. 53v2
Transcription:
Right is deed and þat is rewþe
And haþ be beried pees & trew&e
ffalsne & pride regnen a boue
And haue be beried trewe loue