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The sicker sooth who so says
The Four Foes of Mankind — seven 16-line stanzas (aaabcccbdddbeeeb)
Subjects: admonition, general; advice, moral
Versification: — sixteen-line — aaabcccbdddbeeeb, alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 303rb-303vb
First Lines:
Þe siker soþe who so seys
Wiþ diol dreye we our days…
Last Lines:
…Now haue y founden þi fas
Finde tow þi frendes
Editions:
Laing, David, and William Barclay David Donald Turnbull, eds. Owain Miles &c. Edinburgh, 1837: no. IV.
Kölbing, Eugen. “Kleine Publicationen aus der Auchinleck-Handschrift VIII: Die Feinde des Menschen.” Englische Studien 9 (1886): 440-3: 441-2.
Bullock, Constance. “The Enemies of Man.” Review of English Studies 5 (1929): 186-94: 186.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 32-5.