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DIMEV 5045
Such a law is in this land
Verses on the law ‘fidedere’ — five quatrains, aaab, with refrain, ‘But he can syng fi dedere’ and Burden: ‘Hov wol spede al [cropped at top] / he most syng fi dedere’
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17032a. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, [de Worde, 1495?] , sigs. a.5v-a.6
First Lines:
Suche a law is in this londe
That no man may other stand
his queryll to take in honde
but he can syng fi dedere…
Last Lines:
…Were hit neuer soo false a thynge
And he calde thys song synge
he schalle holpyt as a kynge
all fore low of fydedere
[cropped at top of sig. a.6]
fensciend and Ryȝthe can not be funde
And all fore the lowe of fi dedere
Note: Written into upper, left and lower margins of the Cambridge, University Library, Inc. 5. J. 1. 2. (3569) copy by a hand of late fifteenth century or first half of the sixteenth century.