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And I it lose and you it find
A Book Plate — two couplets
Note: See 2368: apparently this was of common occurrence in the fifteenth century.
Subjects: book plates
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], f. 170v (referenced in Hanna (1980), n. 1; but see 5660; London, British Library Addit. 39659: see 2368-2.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell 16, f. i
Transcription:
Iohn brack own this booke
yf I it loost and you it finde
I prai you take so muche paine
as to bringe me my booke againe
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus C.XIX, f. 144
Transcription:
Thys ys Iohn Orms booke
And he hyt loose and you hyt fynd
I praye you hertile…
Note: Text incomplete.
3.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1151, f. 159
Transcription:
Mysterys felys owyth thys boke
And she yt lose and you yt fynde
I pray you to take the payne
To brynge my boke home agayne
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 1251, f. 184
Editions:
Wanley, Humphrey. A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum. 4 vols. London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12; ed. Wanley et al: 1.635.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.163.
Benham, Sir William Gurney. Benham’s Book of Quotations, proverbs, and household words. London: Harrap, 1948: 495b.
Littlehales, Henry, ed. The Prymer or Lay Folks’ Prayer Book. EETS o.s. 105 (1895); 109 (1897); repr. as one volume, 1973: xlviii.
Wordsworth, Charles, and Henry Littlehales. The Old Service Books of the English Church. London: 1904: 61.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 2.118.
Bennett, Henry Stanley. England from Chaucer to Caxton. London: Methuen, 1928: 161.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 563-4.