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The city is bound that should be free
Rude verses on injustices in Coventry (1496) attached to a church door — twelve couplets
Note: Cf. 760.
Subjects: Coventry; historical verse
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Leet Book, BA/E/F/37/1, f. 278
First Lines:
This Cyte is bond that shuld be fre
The right is holden fro þe Communialte…
Last Lines:
…One may here be anoþer þat he shall not fynde
but ye shall here of sum oþer what shalbe þe ende
Editions:
Harris, Mary Dormer, ed. The Coventry Leet Book. 4 vols. in 2 EETS o.s. 134-5, 138, 146 (1907-13); repr. 1971: 2.577-8.
Sharp, Thomas. Illustrative Papers on the History and Antiquities of Coventry. Birmingham, 1871: 235-6.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 63-4.
Kendall, P. M. The Yorkist Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1962: 110.