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We been executors of this deed
On false executors, a tag in the Fasciculus morum — 6 lines translating French verse inscriptions cited in a story about a rich cleric.
Note: The same story is found in a sermon in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 74v, printed Erb (1971), 77-8.
Subjects: inscriptions; executors, criticism of; sermons, verse in; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 132va
First Lines:
We ben assecuteres of þys dede
but of thys mony wat ys ȝowr rede…
Last Lines:
…By vs owr dyner wo so wul
the dede schal quyten al the fulle
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 10v
First Lines:
We ben executours of þis dede
Now of þis money what is our rede…
Last Lines:
…bye vs our dyner who so wolle
þe dede shal qwyte for all þe folle
Note: Without French verses; written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 13v
Note: Without French verses.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 10vb
First Lines:
We bene assecutours of þys dede
Bot of þys money what ys ȝoure rede…
Last Lines:
…Bynd owre dyuer ho so wulle
þe ded chall qwyte all at þe ful
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 66v
First Lines:
We ben ex asse cutours of þis dede
bot of þis monay wat is oure rede…
Last Lines:
Secundus Tak to þe and I to me
þe dede kepeth of no mone
Tercius by vs oure dyner wo so wole
þis þe dede schal quyten al þe fulle
Note: Written as prose.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.190 (SC 15500), f. 21
First Lines:
But of þis mone what is oure rede
Take to þe and I to me…
Last Lines:
…Þe dede kepes of no mone
By vs oure dyner who so wol
Þe dede schal quyten al þe fulle
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 79-80.
7.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 52, Part I, Chap. 8, f. 12
Note: Without French verses.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 20v
First Lines:
We ben executours of þis dede
bot of þe money what is ȝour rede…
Last Lines:
…Byse our dyner who so will
þe dede schal quite all þe full
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, ff. 14rv-14va
First Lines:
We ben executouris of þis deede
but of þis mony qwat is yowre rede…
Last Lines:
…bryngyth oure deyne qwan ȝe wele
þe deede it schal qwytin as it is skele
Note: Without French verses.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 45
First Lines:
We ben secturs of þe dede
bot of þis mony what ys your reyde…
Last Lines:
…By vs our diner who so wyll
þe dede sall whit all at þe full
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 22
12.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 163rb
13.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 18v
Transcription:
We the executours of þe dede
bot of this monye what is your rede
Take to þeand I to me
þe dede kepes no monye
Byes oure dyner who so wyll
þe deyd shall pay for euer deyle
Note: Three separate couplets, each introduced by ‘Primus’, ‘Secundus’, and ‘Tercius’; written as prose.
14.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 166vb
First Lines:
We ben assecutoris of is dede
Bot of þe monay wat ys þy rede…
Last Lines:
…He ys oure dyuer wo so wyll
þis dede sall quyte all þe full
Note: Partly written as verse but line divisions confusing.
15.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 9v