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DIMEV 6583
IMEV 4110.5
NIMEV 4110.5
Who then that will buyeth him bliss
Against pride — one cross-rhymed quatrain in Lavynham’s Tretys
Subjects: pride, against; aphorisms
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 60 (SC 21634)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 23 (SC 655), f. 26v
Transcription:
Who þanne þat wil beiȝe him blisse & soule
He most breke þis braunch of priȝde
Note: Prosified version at end of portion on Pride.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.288 (SC 12146)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.6.31, part II, f. 20v
Transcription:
Who þat wille þanne gete him blisse and soule bote wynne
Þe braunch he most breke and kepe him oout of dedli synne
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.19 (305), f. 246
Transcription:
Þat who þat wole þan be in blys
& also byen sowle bote lyȝtely borowe
þese braunches broken he mote
for pride is þe fyrst sede of sorowe
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 211, f. 37
Transcription:
Ho þan þat wile beyȝen him blis
& also sowle bote lyȝtly borwe
These bronchis brekyn he mot ywis
for pride is þe ferst seed of sorwe
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Author: Reuerendus Magister ffrater Ricardus Lauynham Ordinis Beatissime Dei Genitritis Marie De Mount Carnack (by scribe, red-highlighted, below end of Treatise, f. 46v)
Attributed Title: Explicit Tractatus De Septem Peccatis Mortalibus Quem Composuit Reuerendus Magister ffrater Ricardus Lauynham Ordinis Beatissime Dei Genitritis Marie De Mount Carnack (by scribe, red-highlighted, below end of Treatise, f. 46v)
Editions:
Zutphen, Johannes P. W. M. van, and Julius Zupitza. A Litel Tretys by Lavenham. Rome: Inst. Carmelitarum, 1956: xiii, 5.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 1197
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 1288, f. 67v
Transcription:
Who that wyl than haue hewyn blysse
with menes hym moste itt borowe
hym be houes to breke þer braunches of wykydnes
for pride is the fyrst fede o sorowe
Note: Written as prose.
9.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 C.I
10.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Brotherton 501 [olim Horton Hold Hall, Maggs Bros. Sale Cat. No. 580, Item 450], f. 69v
Transcription:
Who that wyll haue heuuyn blysse
wyth mekenes he muste it borwe
he must breke thes braunchis of wykkydnes
for pryde is þe ferst seed of sorow
11.Source: London, Dr Williams’s Library Anc. 3, ff. 135vb-136ra
Transcription:
Who þat wille bye hyme blyse
& also soule bote be warre
for lyghtlye these brawnches he may breke
for pryde is named þe firste sede of sorow
Note: Written as prose and rendered somewhat prosaic.
12.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 687 [olim Bright, Sotheby’s Sale, 1924, Lot 378; Hope Allen Addit. MS. VI], p. 389
Transcription:
Who þat wille þan buye hym blysse
and also soule bote Beware
for lyȝtely þyse braunches breke
he may I wys for pryde is þe fyrst sede of sorwe & cetera
Note: Written as prose and rendered prosaic.
13.Source: Norwich, Norwich Castle Museum 158.926 (4g-5) [olim St Peter Hungate Museum 48 158.926], f. 36v
Transcription:
Who þat wele thanne han heuene blisse
with mekenesse he muste it borwe
he muste breke these branchis of wickydnesse
for pride is þe firste seed of sorwe