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There was a man that had nought
‘A tale of ryght nought’ — five monorhyming lines
Note: Cf. 1893.
Title(s): ‘A tale of ryght nought’
Subjects: riddles; thieves; paradoxes
Versification: — five-line — aaaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1995, f. 60
Transcription:
There was A man that hadde nought
There come thenys &robbyd hym & toke nought
He ranne owte and cryde nought
Why shulde he crye he loste nought
Here ys a tale of ryght noughte
Note: Immediately follows colophon to ‘the boke of Curtesy’.
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: 35; rev. ed. 63.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: I-III.” Anglia 2 (1879): 225-55: 255.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 564.