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IMEV 3281
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That is merry to be a wife
A tag in the Fasciculus morum translating a Latin hexameter from Seneca, Controversia 6.8, ‘Felices nupte moriar quia nubere dulce
Author(s): Seneca
Subjects: sermons, verse in; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 176v
Transcription:
þat is mury to be a wyff
dey y wyll & lese my lyffe
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 103va
Transcription:
yt is mury to ben awyfe
dey I wolle ale be my lyfe
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 204vb
Transcription:
ffor hyt ys murie to ben a wyffe
deye y wul & leefe my lyf
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 86
Transcription:
yt is myry to be wyff
dye I wol & lose my lyffe
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 142v
Transcription:
Þat ys mery to be a wyfe
Dye y woll and lese my lyfe
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 195.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 88
Transcription:
ffor it is myry to ben a wyf
Dy I will & lese my wyf [sic]
Note: Formerly 827.5.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: xxxix.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 145ra
Transcription:
for it is mery to ben a wyfe
deye I wille & lese my lyfe
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 45v
Transcription:
ffor hit is mary to beon a wif
ich wolle leose mu lif
Note: In rubric. Written as prose.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 250.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 116.
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 224vb
Transcription:
þat is mery to ben a wyff
dey I wyle and lese my lyfe
10.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 155v
Transcription:
Yt is mery to be a wyfe
dye I wyll and lese my lyfe
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 225rb
Transcription:
hit his murie to be a wyfe
dye y wyll & lese my lyf
Note: Written as prose.
12.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 98