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That law hath no right
The subversions effected by carnal love (4 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
Subjects: love, carnal, evils of; sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 202va
Transcription:
Lawe hath no reȝth
Strengþe hath no myȝht
Wysdom ys folye
& holynesse ys trecherye
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 83
Transcription:
þat law hath no ryght
þat strenth hath no myght
þat wysdom is folye
And holynes is trycherye
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 171v
Transcription:
That lawe hath no riȝth
þat strength hath no rygth
þat wysdome is folye
And holynes ys trichery
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 100vb
Transcription:
þat lawe haþ non ryght
þat strenkyth haþ no myght
þat wysdom is foly
And holinesse ys trechery
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), ff. 138v-139
Transcription:
That lawe hath noo ryȝte
Þat [strength] hath no myȝt
Þat wysdom is foly
And holynysse is trechery
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 194.
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 218, f. 200
Transcription:
That lawe hath noo ryȝte
strength hath no myȝt
wysdom is foly
And holynesse is trechery
Note: Added to margin, marked for insertion.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.525.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 86
Transcription:
þat lawe ne hath no ryth
þat stienkyt hath no myth
þat wysdom is foly
þat holynesse is trecchery
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 141va
Transcription:
þat strenght hath no myȝght
þat wysdam is foly
þat holynesse is trecherie
Note: Missing usual first line; three lines interspersed with Latin prose.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 185
Transcription:
Þat law has no ryght
Þat strenght hase no myȝt
Þat wydom [sic] is foly
And halynes trichery
Note: Written as verse.
10.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Lit. D.14, f. 208v
Note: Incomplete; lines 2-4 only.
11.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 233ra
Transcription:
þat lawe haþe no ryȝth
þat strenþe haþe no myȝth
þat wysdom is foly
And holynes is trechery
12.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 151
Transcription:
That lawe hase no ryght
Strength has no myght
that wysdome is foly
And holynes trechory
Note: Written as prose.
13.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 223va
Transcription:
þat lawe nas non ryȝt
þat strenght hat non myȝt
þat wysdom ys no fole
An hele nisse trechere
Note: Written as prose.
14.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 95