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IMEV 339
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As Holy Church teacheth thee thine alms hide and lay
On the duty of Almsgiving — seven quatrains
Note: For macaronic heading of six short lines: ‘Man with good…’, see 3392.
Subjects: almsgiving
Versification: — four-line — aaaa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 395, ff. 119-119v
First Lines:
As holy Chirche techith the thyne almes hide & laye
In þe pour mannys bosom and it will for the praye
As watir fire quenchith so almes doth synne allaye
Geve thyne almes thou shalt encres god hymself doth saye…
Last Lines:
…In myserable penury fayne to begg his brede
A man not knowyng his honour is a beste in dede
Note: Bound with All Ouids elegies 3. bookes. By C.M. Epigrams by I.D., At Middlebourgh [i.e. London: s.n., ca. 1630] .
Attributed Author: quod Stevene G (f. 119v)
Editions:
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton. Censura Literaria. 10 vols. London: Longman, 1805-09; 2nd ed., 1815: 10.69-70.