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The man that lust to liven in ease
‘Who says þe sooth he shall be shent’ — eight l2-line stanzas, with refrain, ‘he schal be schent’
Title(s): ‘Who says þe sooth he shall be shent’
Subjects: devotional verse
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon]: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 408vb-408vc
First Lines:
ÞE Mon þat luste to liuen in ese
Or eny worschupe her to ateyne…
Last Lines:
…þis lesson lerneþ alle at me
ho seiþ þe soþe he schal be schent
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 301-4.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.683-6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 152-4.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450), f. 23
First Lines:
Who so wyll leue yn ese
and hys worschypp woll not a layne…
Note: Note added by later hand at heading, after explicit to previous text (2453).