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IMEV 2287
NIMEV 2287
Ne may no lewed lede liven in land
Five stanzas (aabccbddbeebffgggf)
Subjects: satire; courts, consistory; law, attack on administration of
Versification: — eighteen-line — aabccbddbeebffgggf



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 70ra
First Lines:
Ne mai no lewed lued libben in londe
Be he neuer in hyrt so hauer of honde…
Last Lines:
…Wyde heo worcheþ vs wo
For wymmene ware
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 155-9.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 107.
Sampson, George. The Cambridge Book of Prose and Verse. Cambridge: at the UP, 1924: 393 (selection).
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 24.
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 28-31.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 40.