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NIMEV TM 1776
Trusty seldom to their friends unjust
A Punctuation Poem — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: punctuation poems; clergy, criticism/satire of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 307, f. 197va
First Lines:
Trusty seldom to their ffrendys vniust
Gladd for to helpp no Crysten creator…
Last Lines:
…Wher nede is gevyng neyther reward ne ffee
Vnresonably Thus lyve prestys parde
Note: Added by later hand.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1905: 27.
Kreuzer, James R. “Some Earlier Examples of the Rhetorical Device in Ralph Roister Doister (III.iv.33ff).” Review of English Studies 14 (1938): 321-3: 322.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 101.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 472.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 43.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 307, f. 197va
First Lines:
Trusty seldom to ther ffrendys vniust
Glade for to helpe ne no Cristen creator…
Last Lines:
…Wher nede is gewyng nether rewarde ne ffee
Vnresonably Thus leve prestys parde
Note: Added by a second later hand, second copy on page.