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DIMEV 4445
IMEV 2795
NIMEV 2795
Read this oft but read it soft
A commendation to the reader — two couplets preceding an extract from Rolle’s Form of Living
Note: Extract also includes 4341.
Subjects: introductions, to prose texts
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), f. 32a
Transcription:
Rede thys oft butt rede hit sofft
And whatt þou redust forȝeete noȝt
For here þe soth þou maght se
What fruyte comeþ of þy body
Note: Introduces prose list of sin.
Editions:
Douce, Francis. Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts bequeathed by Francis Douce, Esq., to the Bodleian Library Oxford: UP, 1840: 51.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: x.
Fein, Susanna Greer. “A Thirteen-Line Alliterative Stanza on the Abuse of Prayer from the Audelay MS.” Medium Aevum 63 (1994): 61-74: 66.