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DIMEV 551
IMEV 316.3
NIMEV 316.3
And when they had received her charge
‘Why I Can’t Be a Nun’ — in 8-line stanzas
Title(s): ‘Why I Can’t Be a Nun’
Subjects: nuns, criticism/satire of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D.IX, ff. 177-182v
First Lines:
And whan they had resceyved her charge…
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly: 392 lines.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 138-50.