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IMEV 3869
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We readeth oft and findeth I-write
Lai de Freine — in couplets
Note: Opening lines almost identical to the Prologue of Sir Orfeo: See 6172.
Title(s): Lai de Freine
Subjects: Lai de Freine ; lais, Breton
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 261ra-262a
First Lines:
We redeþ oft & findeþ ywrite
& þis clerkes wele it wite…
Last Lines:
…Mad[ ]
his [ ]
dan[ ]
Whe[ ]
Note: 320 lines, ends imperfectly due to loss of leaf, of which only a stub remains (f. 262a).
Attributed Title: Lay le freine (f. 261ra)
Editions:
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 2.63.
Weber, Henry William. Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries. 3 vols. Edinburgh: A. Carstalle, 1810: 1.357-71.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: IV-X.” Anglia 3 (1880): 59-67, 275-92, 415-25, 533-51: 415-22.
Guillaume, Gabrielle, ed. “Lai le Freine.” Diss. Sorbonne, 1922.
Wattie, Margaret, ed. The Middle English Lai de Freine. Smith College Studies in Modern Languages 10/3. Northampton, MA: Smith College, 1929.
Sands, Donald B., ed. Middle English Verse Romances. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966: 234-45.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 41-8 (excerpts).
Laskaya, Anna, and Eve Salisbury, eds. The Middle English Breton Lays. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1995: 61-87.