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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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DIMEV 4964
IMEV 3173.5
NIMEV 3173.5
Some manner matter would I fain move
Truth and Conscience — thirteen 12-line stanzas (ababbcbccdcd) including refrain, ‘Can tell where Conscyens ys become’
Note: Fourth stanza has an additional four lines (dede); 160 lines in all.
Subjects: allegories; evils of the times
Versification: — twelve-line — ababbcbccdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 673 [olim Phillipps 18134; Quaritch Sale. Cat. 164], ff. 8-8v
First Lines:
Summe maner matere wolde I fayne meve
And I wyst thes gentyllys all to paye…
Last Lines:
…Ther ys none to holy in his Office
Can tell where Conscyens ys be come
Editions:
Kane, George. “The Middle English Verse in MS Wellcome 1493.” London Medieval Studies 2, Part. I (1951): 50-67: 61-5.