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Pride is head of all kind sin
The Seven Deadly Sins — sixteen couplets
Subjects: sins, deadly
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, f. 32v
First Lines:
Pryde ys hedd of allyre synne
þat makyþ mannys soule fro god to twynne
To wyckyd hyghnes he wole ay
And loueþ to moche hys owne noblay…
Last Lines:
…These ben the synnes seuene
That reuen men þe blys of heuene
Attributed Title: Here suen þe vii deedly synnes (f. 32vb)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584, ff. 107v-108v
First Lines:
Pride is hed of all maner syn
that makith mannys soule from god to wyn
To wickydnes & hyghnes he will ay
And louyth to moche his own noblay…
Last Lines:
…Theis be þe synnys sevyn
That Reuyn men þe blis of hevyn
Attributed Title: The vii dedly synnes (f. 107v); The vii dedly synnys (RT, f. 108); These ben þe vii deedly synnis þat folowith (added by later hand, f. 107v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 205v
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. Die Kildare-Gedichte… Bonner Beiträge zur Anglistik 14. Bonn: P. Hanstein, 1904: 205.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 116v-117v
First Lines:
Pride is heed of all kyns synne
þat makiþ mannys soule fro god to twyn…
Last Lines:
…These ben þe synnes seuene
Þat reuen men þe blis of heuene
Attributed Title: Þese ben þe vij deedly synnes þat suen (rubricated, f. 116v)
Editions:
Black, William Henry. “A Paraphrase on the Seven Penitential Psalms.” Percy Society 7. London: Richards, 1842: 61-2.
5.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 76-77
First Lines:
Pride is hede of alle kinnesse syn
þat makeþe mannes soule fro god to twyn…
Last Lines:
…þies ben þe synnes seuen
þat reuen a man þe blisse of heuen
Note: In Speculum Cristiani, Quarta Tabula
Attributed Title: Septem peccata mortalia (f. 76)