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IMEV 3157
NIMEV 3157
Sluggy and slow in spitting much
On the several ‘Complexions’ — four quatrains
Subjects: complexions, four; utilitarian instructions
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 523, f. 85v
Transcription:
Sluggy & slowe in spetyng muche
Cold and moyst my natur ys suche
Dull of wytt & fatt of contynaunce strange
fflewmatyke þis complecioun may not change
Delyberally am lowynge and gladde
laghynge & playynge full seld y am sad
Syngynge full fayr of collour bold to syght
hote & moyst benynge sanguine y hyght
I am sad & soleynge with hewynes in thoght
I cowet ryght muche leue wyll y noght
ffraudulent & suttyl full cold & dry
yollowe of collour to wryke am y
Invyws[?] dyssenabyll my sckyn ys roghe
Suttyll & sklendyr hote and dry
Of collour pale my name is malencolly
Attributed Title: ffleumaticus, Sanguenius, Colerica, Malencolicus in margin.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 71-2.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 111.