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One it is and ne haveth nother
The Covetous Man (translating a Latin prose sentence) — four couplets
Title(s): The Covetous Man
Subjects: sins, deadly; riddles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 121v
Transcription:
On hit is and ne haueþ noþer
Sone ne suster ne nouþer broþer
Ne he nere blynneþ of trauailling
He nis no child of gud halewing
for one him self he ne þen kep
for wham he wakeþ and harde swinkeþ
he walkeþ boþe dai and niȝt
& leteþ his soule be vuel diȝt
Note: In line six, there is possibly an ‘o’ or sigma ‘s’ partially overwritten by the ‘w’; thus ‘wham’ might be instead ‘swain’?
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 224-5; 253 (rev. ed.).