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Now the law is laid by clear conscience
On the Evils of the Time, a ‘punctuation poem’ — one 8-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Note: For simple poems on the same theme see 3067 and 3068.
Subjects: complaints, on evils of the time; evils of the time; punctuation poems; law
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 261, f. 89v
First Lines:
Now the law ys lad be trew consciens
ffulfeld couetyse hath domynacioun…
Last Lines:
…Men may fynd day nor nyght adulacioun
Now reynyth trowth in euery mannys syght
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.2.6, f. 58ra
First Lines:
Nowe the lawe is ledde by clere conscience
ffull seld Couetise hath duracioun…
Last Lines:
…Men may fynd day ne nyght Adulacioun
Nowe reigneth treuth in euery mannys sight
Note: Immediately followed by 2670, as if first stanza.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 101.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.15.31 (366), f. 1
First Lines:
Nowe the lawe ys layde ledde be clere conciense
ffull sylde Covetyse hath dominacioun…
Last Lines:
…Men may fynde day nor nyȝth adulacioun
Nowe Reyneth truthe yn euery mannys syȝthe
Editions:
Kreuzer, James R. “Some Earlier Examples of the Rhetorical Device in Ralph Roister Doister (III.iv.33ff).” Review of English Studies 14 (1938): 321-3: 321-3.
James, Montague Rhodes. Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. 4 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1900-1904: 1.496.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], f. 12
Note: With music in two voices, credited to Rycardus Davy, lacking the upper voice because the facing page is lost.
Editions:
Kreuzer, James R. “Some Earlier Examples of the Rhetorical Device in Ralph Roister Doister (III.iv.33ff).” Review of English Studies 14 (1938): 321-3: 321-3.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 54.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Berichtigungen und Nachträge zu Archiv Bd CVI, 5.50ff.: ‘Die Lieder des Firfax-Ms.’” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 70-2: 71.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 356.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 78, f. 30
First Lines:
Now is the lawe lede by clere conscience
ffull selde Covityse hathe dominion…
Last Lines:
…Mene may fynde day nor nyght Adulation
Now rvlethe trouth in euerrie mans syght
Attributed Title: The treuthe at on tyme affirmed (f. 30)
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2250, f. 84v
First Lines:
Now the lawe is lad by clere conciens
ffull sheld covetys hath domination…
Last Lines:
…Men may fynd day nor nyght Advlation
Now regneth truteh in euery mannys syght
Editions:
Kreuzer, James R. “Some Earlier Examples of the Rhetorical Device in Ralph Roister Doister (III.iv.33ff).” Review of English Studies 14 (1938): 321-3: 321-3.