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Of their nature they greatly them delight
A balade on hypocritical women — four stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Stanza 1 = stanza 16 of 1525; stanza 2 has a ‘Blind eat fly’ refrain, cf. 3184.
Subjects: women, against; composite poems
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 156v
First Lines:
[O]f theyre nature they gretly theym delyte
With holy face feynyd for the nones
In sayntwary theyre frendys to vysyte
More for reliques than for seyntes bones…
Last Lines:
…Hym saue and kepe both nyght and day
Wretyn in the lusty season of may
Attributed Author: Chaucer (added by later hand, f. 156v)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Editions:
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080).
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 553.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 13.115.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.582.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.560.