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What man can perceive that women be evil
Richard Hatfield, a punctuation poem against women — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: For two similar poems see 406 and 4967.
Author(s): Richard Hatfield
Subjects: women, against; punctuation poems
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17492 [Devonshire], f. 18v2
First Lines:
What man can perceyve that women be evyll
euery man that hathe wytt gretly wyll them prayse…
Last Lines:
…meknes & all vertue they practyse euer
syn to avoyde vertues they do procure
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 39.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. Early Sixteenth Century Lyrics. Boston and London: D.C. Heath, 1907: 95.
Muir, Kenneth. “Unpublished Poems in the Devonshire MS.” Proc. Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society 6 (1944-52): 253-82: 261.
Hughey, Ruth. The Harington Manuscript at Arundel Castle and related documents. n.p., 1935: 2.209.