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NIMEV TM 123
All women have virtues noble and excellent
Richard Hatfeld, A ‘punctuation’ poem against women (two interpretations according to the punctuation adopted) — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: For two similar poems see 4967 and 6239. Cf. also 2670; Hughey (1935), 2.211; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 123.
Author(s): Richard Hatfield
Subjects: punctuation poems; women, against
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 18v
First Lines:
All women have vertues noble & excelent
Who can perceyve that they do offend…
Last Lines:
…neuer man may fynd in them srewdnes
comonly suche condycyons they have more & lese
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 39.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics. Boston and London: D.C. Heath, 1907: 94.
Muir, Kenneth. “Unpublished Poems in the Devonshire MS.” Proc. Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society 6 (1944-52): 253-82: 260.
Hughey, Ruth. The Harington Manuscript at Arundel Castle and related documents. n.p., 1935: 2.209, 1.185.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 356
First Lines:
All wemeine Ar guid noblle And excellent
Quha can say þat X thay do offend…
Last Lines:
…Newir X man can feind in þam bruikilnes
Sic quallateis thay vse mair & les
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 244.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Maitland Folio Manuscript, Containing Poems by Sir Richard Maitland, Dunbar, Douglas, Henryson, and others. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 7 (1919), 20 (1927); Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1919, 1927: 1.433.
3.Source: Arundel Castle, Duke of Norfolk MS Arundel-Harrington, f. 107v
Note: Transcript in London, British Library Addit. 28635, f. 57v.
Editions:
Hughey, Ruth. The Harington Manuscript at Arundel Castle and related documents. n.p., 1935: 2.209.
4.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 258, f. 32
First Lines:
All women haue vertues noble and excellent…
Note: Not by the main scribe but rather a late fifteenth-/early sixteenth-century hand. Three stanzas all together.