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True love among men that most is of let
On the True-love (vv. 4), a tag in the Fasciculus morum, four lines
Subjects: sermons, verse in; evils of the times
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 22v
Transcription:
Trew lofe þat most is of lett
in hattes in hedys In pursys sett
trewlof in gresses springes In may
but trewlof in hert is fer went a way
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 31
Transcription:
Trew loue þat most is off lett
in hattys & hodys in purces i sette [sic]
Trew loue in greses springtȝ in may
But trew loue in hert is fer went a way
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 94v
Transcription:
Trewloue among men þat most ys of let
In hattes and in hoodes hit ys y set
Treweloue in herbes sprinketh in may
But trewloue in hertes vaniseth a way
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 41v
Transcription:
Trewe loue among men þat most is of lette
In hattes in hodes in porses is sette
Trewe loue in herbers spryngeth in may
Bote trewe loue of herte went is away
Editions:
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 98.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 159-60.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 32
Transcription:
Trew loue among men þer nogth es of lett
in hatȝ in purseȝ in hodeȝ is sett
New loue in herbeȝ springis no may
bot trew loue of hert when it is away
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 36vb
Transcription:
Treweloue among men þat most is of leth
In hattis in hodis in pursis is set
Treweloue in herb spryngith in may
but trewloue in hertis wansyth a way
Note: Immediately precedes 2001.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 55
Transcription:
Trewlof emang men þat is most of let
In hattys and hudis is sett
Trewlof in herbers spryngis in may
Bot trew lofe of hert went ys a way
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, ff. 49-49v
Transcription:
Trewe love among men þat most is of lett
In hattes in hodes in purses is sett
Trewe love in herebes sprynges in maye
But trewe love of hert went is a waye
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 173vb
10.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 44
Transcription:
Trewe lofe amonge men þat most is of let
in hattis in hodes in purses er set
Trewe lofe in herbes sprynges in may
bot trew lofe of hert went is a way
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 176va
Transcription:
Trewe loue amongis men þat most ys forlete
In hattis in hodis in purses is set
Trewe loue in herbis springis in may
Bot trewe loue of herte went ys way
Note: Written as prose.
12.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 23v