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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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DIMEV 3472
IMEV 2146
NIMEV see 2145/5
Men them complains of untruth / law is dead and that is ruth
On the degeneracy of the times — in couplets
Note: See also 3471 and 5787.
Subjects: evils of the times
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 107 (SC 4031), f. 1v
Transcription:
[ ]pleyes of vntrewyth
la[ ]dede and þat es rewth
trechery of al aboue
and grauen he as trew louf
Note: 7 lines; partly unreadable and ends imperfectly.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.71.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 259.
Wells, John Edwin. Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050-1400. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1916: 975.