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The man that will of leechcraft lere
An introduction to a medical tract in prose — generally sixteen couplets
Note: All texts show some variation. Cf. 2687, 2688, 5657, 5656, 6710.
Subjects: medicine; introductions, to prose texts
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1444, Part III (SC 7778), Part III, p. 184
First Lines:
þe man þat wylleof lechecraft lere
Rede over þis boke and he may here…
Last Lines:
…Evermore in hevyn to be
In joy with þe trynyte
Note: An epilogue to a medical tract in prose. At the end: ‘AMEN’.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1477, Parts II, III (SC 7719), Part II, f. 1
First Lines:
The man that wyll off lechecraft lere
Rede on thys boke and ye may here…
Last Lines:
…Euermore in Ioy for to be
In heven with the holy trynyte
Note: As prologue; at the end: ‘Amen’.
3.Source: Oxford, All Souls College 121, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
That man that wele of lechecraft lere
red on this book and he may here…
Last Lines:
…Euere more in Ioye to be
in heuene with the Trinite
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 9308, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Þe man þat wele of lechecraft lere
Rede ouer þis bok & he may here
Many a medicyn boþ good & trewe
to hele sores boþ olde & newe…
Last Lines:
…Be þat on & twenti dayes ben come & gon
He schal be hol boþ flesch & bon
Note: Nine couplets.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.1.13 (1037), f. 45v
First Lines:
What man þat wil on leche crafte lere
Reede on þis booke & he may here…
Last Lines:
…Ever more in Ioye for to be
In hevyn with þe holy trinite
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.1.13 (1037), ff. 166-166v
First Lines:
The man þat wol of lechecrafte lere
Reede ouer thys booke & he may here…
Last Lines:
…Euer more in ioye to be
Inne hevyne with the trinite
Note: In different part of MS and by different hand than other copy in this MS.
7.Source: London, British Library Arundel 272, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
The man þat welenth leche craft lere
Rede ouer þis well & he may here…
Last Lines:
…Leue grace her soules haue good rest
Euer more yn ioye forto be in heuen with þe trinyte
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 1600, f. 3v1
First Lines:
I coniur þe wondes blyue
be þe vertu of þe wondes fiue…
Last Lines:
…& of þe sun & of þe holy gost
& say þis iij tymes & iij pater noser & ane aue
9.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 680, ff. 21v-22
10.Source: London, British Library Sloane 140, ff. 65v-66
First Lines:
The man dat wyll of lechecraft lere
Rede ouer dys book & he may here…
Last Lines:
…Euer mor in Ioye tho bee
In heuyn heoyth de trynyte
Note: Scribe uses the letter ‘d’ instead of a thorn. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 340, ff. 115v
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 374, f. 14
13.Source: London, British Library Sloane 382, f. 211
14.Source: London, British Library Sloane 442, f. 43
15.Source: London, British Library Sloane 468, f. 7
First Lines:
[Þ]e man þat wele of leche craft lere
Rede ouer þis bok & he may here…
Last Lines:
…Euermore in ioye for to be
In heuene with þe trynyte
Amen
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 303-4.
16.Source: London, British Library Sloane 468, f. 80v
Note: 10 lines only.
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 303-4.
17.Source: London, British Library Sloane 963, f. 79v
18.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1314, f. 5
Note: With six extra lines.
19.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2584, f. 13
Note: With ten extra lines.
Editions:
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. “Observations upon the Extracts from an Ancient English Medical MS. in the Royal Library of Stockholm.” Archaeologia 30 (1844): 419-29: 421-2.
Henslow, George. Medical Works of the 14th Century. London: Chapman and Hall, 1899: 125.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 95-6.
20.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3153, f. 2
Note: 30 lines.
21.Source: Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Library 258, p. 192
First Lines:
Þe men þat wollen of lechecrafte lere
rede over þys bok and ȝe may here…
Last Lines:
…Evermore more in joye to be
in hevene wyt god in trynite amen
Note: 32 lines; written as prose.
22.Source: Exeter, Exeter Cathedral Library 3521, item 5(a), item 5(a), p. 36
23.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 542 [olim Payne], f. 1
Note: 36 lines.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 286-7.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 379-80.
24.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown Dawson Sale Catalogue 102 (1960), Item 11
Note: Hamer (1995) lists as unidentified, missing or destroyed.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 286-7.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 379-80.