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DIMEV 3596
IMEV 2238.5
NIMEV 2238.5
My fellow for his sooth saw / hath lost his life and lieth full low
Rhyming comment of the second cock in the Story of the Three Cocks in the Gesta Romanorum — one couplet
Note: Cf. 4798 and 5235.
Title(s): Gesta Romanorum
Subjects: tales, beast; exempla; sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 61v
Transcription:
Þe cok seyþ in is sawe
þat for soþ slawe ys hys felawe, vel
þe cok seyþ for soþ sawe
Slawe is his felawe
Editions:
Erb, Peter C. “Vernacular Material for Preaching in MS Camb. Univ. Lib. Ii.III.8.” Mediaeval Studies 33 (1971): 63-84: 83.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 5259, f. 60v2
Transcription:
My ffelawe for hys soth sawe
hath lost his lyfe and luthe ful lawe
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Herbert, John Alexander. Catalogue of Romances in the Department of MSS. in the British Museum. Vol. 3. London, 1910: 3.206.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 180vb
Transcription:
the Cok seithe in his songe
that thow dost thin husbonde wronge
then the lady seyde
he shulde be dede
& so he was in dede
Editions:
Herrtage, Sidney John Hervon, ed. The Early English Version of the Gesta Romanorum. EETS e.s. 33 (1879); repr. 1962: 175.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 9066, f. 19v2
Transcription:
my felaw for his soth law
hath lost his lyf and lieth full lowe
Editions:
Herrtage, Sidney John Hervon, ed. The Early English Version of the Gesta Romanorum. EETS e.s. 33 (1879); repr. 1962: 175.
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 78, f. 143va2
Transcription:
My felaw for hys soth sawe
hath lorn hys lyfe and lyȝ ful lowe
Note: New from Wenzel (1974), who regards this as couplet 2 of 5235.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78.