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IMEV 3209
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Spend and God shall send
On Penny — five lines
Note: Cf. 4361.
Subjects: money
Versification: — five-line — abbbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 851 (SC 3041), flyleaf, f. 2v
Transcription:
Spend and God send alleluia
spare and go bare tristicia
Note: A single line in an anthology table of contents.
Editions:
Rigg, A. George. “Medieval Latin Poetic Anthologies (II).” Mediaeval Studies 40 (1978): 396-409: 405.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 15v
Transcription:
Spende & god wyl sende
spare & euere bare
Note: Lines 1-2 only.
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 45.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 261/665, f. 234rb
Transcription:
spend and god schal sende
spare and ermor care
non penni non ware
non catel non care
go penni go
Note: Added by another hand; 5 lines, abbbc, with internal rhyme in the short ‘a’ and ‘c’ lines.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 2 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1907: 1.317.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 429; 1977, 448.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 57.
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: 550.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 65.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 558.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 96-7.
Scattergood, V. John. Politics and Poetry in the Fifteenth Century. London: Blandford Press, 1971: 336.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 114.
4.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2232, f. 9v
Note: Variant, 4 lines.
5.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 7
Transcription:
Spende & god woll sende
spare & euer bare
Note: Written all on one line; translating ‘Expendas late mittet deus omnia grate / Expensis parce viues par secula parce’, which follows.
Editions:
Pantin, William A. “A Medieval Collection of Latin and English Proverbs…from Rylands Latin MS. 394.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 14 (1930): 81-114: 96.