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Thirty virtues shall have he
‘The XXX Virtues of the Mass’ — 136 lines in couplets
Note: mass, virtues of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), ff. 35v-37v
First Lines:
xxx vertewis schal haue he
that wolle the masse hire or se…
Last Lines:
…And louyth the masse with alle youre mynde
And god wolle sende you a gode ende
2.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 317 [olim Phillipps 1052], ff. 1v-3v
First Lines:
The needes & graces of þe masse beholde
Alle [ ] puple bothe yonge & olde
As yn this booke foloweth wryten yn dede
That yn youre workes þe bettir ye may spede…
Last Lines:
…And þat þrough grace it may so be
Almyghty god graunte yn trynyte
Note: Thirty-four 4-line stanzas (aabb) plus 16-line prologue and 14-line epilogue.