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Now to speak will I not spare
On Speaking for one’s self — one eight-line stanza, cross-rhymed
Subjects: speech
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 105, f. 119v
First Lines:
Now to speke will I noght spare
Sen speche has made me forto spede…
Last Lines:
…ne lenger lyfe with owten kare
þan till euer ilke worde take hede
Note: Added to last flyleaf.
Editions:
Woolley, Reginald Maxwell. Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Lincoln Cathedral Chapter Library. London: Milford, 1927: 68.
2.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 163 [olim Wagstaff 9, prior Petworth 8], f. 29
Transcription:
Ther schalbe never man wyn in his chaffere
That ever wulle by and nowght wulle bede
Ne no man lyve wyth out care
Who so wulle of euery word take hede
Note: Last four lines only; immediately follows 4490 and 5330 as if a third stanza; headed ‘Disce’.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.477.
Lass, Roger. “Three Middle English Cautionary Lyrics from a Yale University Ms.” Anglia 83 (1965): 172-5: 173.