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IMEV 2663
NIMEV 2663
Of these friar minors me thinks much wonder
Against the Minorite Friars — seven 6-line stanzas (aabbcc) with an ‘O and I’ refrain
Subjects: friars, criticism/satire of
Versification: — six-line — aabbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra B.II, f. 64v
First Lines:
Of þes frere mynours me thenkes moch wonder
Þat waxen are þus hauteyn þat som tyme weren vnder…
Last Lines:
…With an O & an I ffor sixe pens er þai fayle
Sle þi fadre & iape þi modre & þai wyl þe assoile
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.322.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.268-70.
Heuser, Wilhelm. “With an O and an I.” Anglia 27 (1904): 283-319: 302-3.
Brewster, J. S., ed. Monumenta Franciscana. 3 vols. Rolls Series 4 (1858; repr. Kraus, 1965): 1.606-8.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 364-5.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 163-4.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 141-2 (selection).