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IMEV 2787
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Quant homme deit parleir videat que verba loquatur
On the Evils of the Times — thirty-six macaronic lines in Latin, French and English
Note: Cf. 3067; lines 13-16 occur in Joannis de Fordun, Scotichronicon (Hearne (1759), 2.474).
Subjects: evils of the times; precepts; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa
Macaronic: Latin, French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.273 (SC 11159), ff. 96-96v
First Lines:
Quant homme doit parler videat que verba loquatur
Reison doit auer ne stultus inueniatur…
Last Lines:
…God lord almyghten da pacem criste benigne
þou myght al fresten fac ne pareamus in igne
Attributed Title: prouerbia trifaria (f. 96)
Editions:
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 161-4, 158, 159.
2.Source: Oxford, Merton College Lat. 248, f. 166vb
Transcription:
Quant homme deit parleir videat que verba loquatur
lex lyis sone of uer al[ ] fallax fal
hit vbique and loue es bot sal
Note: In this MS only lines 13-14.
Editions:
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 161-4, 158, 159.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 259.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 59.
3.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 7, f. 37v
Note: Omitting lines 19-22 and 33-4.
Editions:
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 161-4, 158, 159.
4.Source: London, British Library Royal 2 C.XII, f. 7
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 251-2.
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 161-4, 158, 159.
Marsh, George Perkins. Origin and History of the English Language. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1866: 247-8.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 379.
Wehrle, William Otto. The Macaronic Hymn Tradition in Medieval English Literature. Washington, D.C.: Catholic UP, 1933: 56.
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XVII, f. 99r1
Transcription:
Lex is layde ouer al frans fallat regnit vbique
Loue is bot smal quia gens se gestat inique
Woo walkis wyde quia commouet ira potentes
Right may not ride nec valet ad insipientes
Note: Lines 13-16 only, followed by 3741.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.65.
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 161-4, 158, 159.
6.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 517, f. 132
First Lines:
Quant homme doit parlir videat que verba loquatur
Sen covent aver ne stultio inveniatur
Last Lines:
…God lord almiȝte da pacem criste benigne
Þu kanst al diȝte fac ne pereamus in igne
Note: Forty lines.
Editions:
Pope, Nancy P. “An Unlisted Variant of Index to Middle English Verse No. 2787.” Notes and Queries n.s. 28 [226] (1981): 197-9: 197-9.