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Whoso liveth in fleshly will
A warning against Lechery (8 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
Subjects: sermons, verse in; lechery, warning against
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 206vb
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 89
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), ff. 180v-181
Transcription:
Who so lyvyth in flesly wyll
And it no wyl not lete
Afftyr hym shall lyke yll
þat he thowght it so swete
lechery wol þi sole spill
þat is so vn to mete
When thy body lyith in erth styll
þe sole mote all bete
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 146
First Lines:
Wo so leuyth in flescly wyll
And hit ne woll noȝt lete…
Last Lines:
…Whan þi body lyþe in erþe stille
Þe sowle mote all bete
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 196.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 90v
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “A Warning Against Lechery.” Philological Quarterly 35 (1956): 90-5: 91.
6.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), ff. 226rb-226va
Transcription:
Wo so lyueþ in flechly syne wylle
And he it wul noȝt lette
After hym schal leke ylle
Þat hyt þouth hym so swet
lychery wyl þat soule spyle
þat is so vn to mete
Wen þi boþey lyþe ouer style
þe schal sall be all to bett
7.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 26v
First Lines:
Who so lyuith in flescheliche lust
& vol hit nout let…
Last Lines:
…Þat bodi lith in erþe stille
Þat saule mot albete
Note: Occurs separately, in the treatise preceding Fasciculus.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 196.
8.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 226vb
9.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 101