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DIMEV 5805
IMEV 3662.5
NIMEV C16
Thomas Albone is my name
A scribe’s excuse for poor writing: ‘if my pene had bine beter’ — two couplets
Note: Cf. the similar 5806.
Subjects: scribes; colophons
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library Acc. No. 698 (copy of STC 21429), sig. l.2v
Transcription:
Thomas Albone is my name
with hande and pene I write the same
and if my pene had bene beter
then I woulde haue mended my letter
Note: Added to left margin by a sixteenth-century hand in the Morgan copy of Caxton, William, trans., Somme des vices et vertus [English] The Ryal Book, [Westminster: William Caxton, about 1486] .