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DIMEV 5246
The devil was sick
Anticlerical verse on the devil becoming a monk — one long couplet or quatrain rhyming second and fourth lines
Subjects: devil; monks, criticism/satire of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.6.31, Part III, back pastedown
Transcription:
The devill was sicke the devill a monk would be
The devill was well the devill a monke was he
Note: Preceded by Latin equivalent, ‘Daemon Languebat Monachum fieri uolebat / Daemon conualuit mansit ut ante fuit’; added by a hand of sixteenth centuruy.