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Whoso will have hell
The Seven Deadly Sins, in the Speculum Christiani (Quarta Tabula) — seven quatrains with an introductory couplet
Note: For other MSS which lack this couplet see 2144.
Subjects: sins, deadly
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.268 (SC 29387), f. 37
Note: Begins with Invidia.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 61 (SC 2023), f. 14
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 89 (SC 1886), f. 11v
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. theol. e.16 (SC 32216), f. 22
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 97 (SC 4070), f. 9v
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 104 (SC 1244), f. 6v
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 513 (SC 1177), f. 69v
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.401 (SC 12255), f. 6v
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 155, ff. 161-164v
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6150, ff. 11v-13
First Lines:
Who so wil haue helle
He most do as we hym telle
Bost and bragge ay with þe best
To mayntene synne I am ful prest…
Last Lines:
…ffro synful lust I wil not fle
þoȝ I for hit in helle ay be
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.51, ff. 14v-16v
First Lines:
Who so [ ]
he [ ]
I bost I [ ]
To m[ ]…
Last Lines:
…ffro synfull luste I wyll not fle
þothe y for hyt ay in hell bee
Note: Fragmentary because part of folio torn away; Gula added by later hand.
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.14, ff. 34v-36v
First Lines:
Whoso will haue helle
he muste do as we hym tell
Bost and brage ay with þe beste
To mayntene syn I am full preste…
Last Lines:
…ffro synfful lust I wyll not fle
Thoȝ I ffor it in hell ay be
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.1.13, ff. 21-24v
First Lines:
Who so wolle haue helle
Do as I hym telle
I boste I bragge ay with þe best
To maynteyn synne I am ful prest…
Last Lines:
…ffor synful luste wol I not flee
þough I in helle for hit ay bee
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.3 (51), ff. 12-14
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 285, ff. 13-15v
First Lines:
Whoo so will haue helle
do as I hym telle…
Note: Written as a single line.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 55, ff. 11-13
First Lines:
Who so wille haue helle
He moste as we hym telle
I boste and bragge ay wt the [beste]
To mantene synne I am ful preste…
Last Lines:
…ffro synnfull will I not fle
Thogh I for it in helle ay be
17.Source: London, British Library Addit. 6716, ff. 61-62v
First Lines:
Whoso will haue hell
he most do as I hym tell
Bost and brag ay with þe best
To maynteme [sic] synne I am full prest…
Last Lines:
…O luffe lust and lychery
fornicacioun and auowtry
ffro synful lust i wyl not fle
þof I for hit in hell ay be
Note: Verses are inserted among Latin prose, but are written as verse with the couplets joined by rubricated brackets. Names of the deadly sins are written in Latin in the margins. Witness added and transcription provided by Sonja Drimmer.
18.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10052, ff. 33-35v
First Lines:
Who so wolle haue helle
do as y hym telle…
Last Lines:
…ffro synful lust wole y nouȝt fle
Though y in helle for hit ay be
19.Source: London, British Library Addit. 15237, ff. 17v-19
First Lines:
Boste and bragge ay with the beste
To mayntene synne y am ful prest…
Last Lines:
…ffro synfull lust I wil not flee
Though I for it in helle ay be
Note: Rubricated.
20.Source: London, British Library Harley 206, ff. 30-32v
First Lines:
Qwo so will haue hell
He most do as we hym tell
Bost and brage ay with þe best
To maynten syne I am full prest…
Last Lines:
…ffro synful lust I will not fle
Thoȝ I for itt in hell ay bee
Note: Passim, with usually one quatrain per side.
Attributed Title: Quarta tabula (f. 30)
21.Source: London, British Library Harley 1197, f. 93v
22.Source: London, British Library Harley 1288, ff. 4v-6v
First Lines:
Who so will haue helle
He most do as we him tell…
Last Lines:
…Thane no reste nyght nor daye
Till he be serued all to his paye
Note: Stanza 7 missing.
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 2250, ff. 54-55
First Lines:
Who so will haue helle
He most do as we hym tell…
Last Lines:
…ffro synfull lust I will not fle
Þough I for it in hell ay be
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 2379, f. 62v
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 6580, ff. 19-22v
First Lines:
Who so wyl haue helle
Do he most as I hym telle…
Last Lines:
…ffro synful luste I wyl not fle
Thoue I in helle for it ay be
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: 58-71.
26.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 344, ff. 20-23
First Lines:
Ho so wil haue helle
Do as y him telle…
Last Lines:
…ffro synful lust y wil nouȝt fle
Þouȝ y in helle for hit ay be
Note: Written as prose and rubricated. Folios have been re-numbered to include the flyleaves, and foliation here refers to the new numbers.
27.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 96 [olim Beeleigh Abbey (Foyle)], f. 11
Transcription:
Who so wyl haue helle
He most do as we hym telle
Note: Precedes 2144 as a prologue.
28.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library P.7.7, f. 182v
Editions:
Bannister, Arthur Thomas. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Hereford Cathedral Library. Hereford: Wilson & Phillips, 1929: 178-80.
29.Source: Stonyhurst, Stonyhurst College 30 (A.VI.23), f. 129
30.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 67v-74
First Lines:
Who so wille haue aftir helle
he most do as I him telle
I boste & brag ay with þe best
to mayntene synne i am fulle prest…
Last Lines:
…fro sinful lust i wille not flee
though i in helle for hit euer be
31.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa2 [olim Laurence Witten, Cat. 5, item 51; prior Helmingham Hall LJ. V. 14], f. 73v
32.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 124 [olim Sotheby’s Sale, 11 June 1923, lot 89A], f. 24v
33.Source: Urbana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 [olim Harmsworth, Sotheby’s sale, 16 Oct. 1945, Lot 2132]
34.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 159, ff. 160v-163
First Lines:
Who so wyll haue hell
do as I hym tell
I boste & brage ay wyth the best
To mayntente syne I am full prest…
Last Lines:
…ffro synful lust I wyll not fle
Thogh I in hel for hyt ay be



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 26012. Wotton, John, Speculum Cristiani, W. de Machlinia ad exp. H. Vrankenburgh, [1486?]
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.1.