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DIMEV 3533
IMEV 2195.3
NIMEV 2195.3
Mistress your manners are hard to know
An attack on women’s inconstancy, signed ‘Nycholas Wikes’ — two stanzas rhyme royal with refrain ‘Slyppur it is to grype on whome is no holde’
Author(s): Nicholas Wikes
Subjects: women, against; unstableness, of world; mutability



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XVIII, f. 1v
First Lines:
Mastires your maners are hard to knowe
Whom vnstabulnes sore doth accuse…
Last Lines:
…þat you y se to say make me bolde
Slypper is to grype on whome is no holde
Note: Added to front flyleaf by later hand; ‘say’ added above line and marked by caret; words beyond ‘grype’ in last line are indicated by ‘vt super’ drawing attention to refrain in previous stanza.