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Whoso would bethink him well
‘Charite is no lengor Cheere’ — fourteen 8-line stanzas with this refrain
Title(s): ‘Charite is no lengor Cheere’
Subjects: charity
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 410ra-410rb
First Lines:
Whose wolde be þenke him weel
On þis world is went I wis…
Last Lines:
…And let concience bere þe keye
ffor þen schal charite be most chere
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 701-4.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 170-3.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 131va-131vb
First Lines:
WOso wolde biþenke hym wel
On þis world is went I wis…
Last Lines:
…And let conscience bere þe keye
ffor þen schal charite be moste clere
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 701-4.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 170-3.