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Some deserve ere they desire
On unequal distribution — two short couplets, ‘quod Carter’
Author(s): Carter
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 55v
Transcription:
Some desarve or they desyer
and yett they lacke that they Requyre
Some desyre or they desarve
and gett the gayne whyll other starve
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 183.