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Woe worth debate that never hath peace
One stanza pronouncing curses, occurring separately — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Same as stanza 67 of Court of Sapience (168, 5365); st. 99 of Ashby’ Active Policy of a Prince (3446); for a longer text see 6776.
Subjects: curses
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1152 (SC 7861), f. 9v
Editions:
Black, William Henry. Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae…Pars X, A…Catalogue of the Manuscripts bequeathed…by Elias Ashmole. Oxford: Clarendon, 1845: 1047.
2.Source: Oxford, University College 154, f. 121v
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], f. 45
Transcription:
Woo worthe debate þat neuyr may haue pece
Woo worthe penaunce that asshith no pite
Woo worthe vengeaunce whiche mercy may not sece
Woo worthe that Iugemente þat hathe none equite
Woo worthe þat truthe þat hathe noo charyte
Woo worthe þat Iuge which may noo gylte save
And woo worth þat ryght þat may noo fauoure haue
Facsimiles:
Wilson, Edward. “Introduction.” The Winchester Anthology. A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577. With an account of the music by Iain Fenlon. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981.
4.Source: Kew, Richmond, Surrey UK, National Archives TNA C47/34/1/4
5.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 144 [olim Huth 7], f. 145v2
Transcription:
Wo worthe debate þat neuer may haue pease
Wo worthe penaunce þat askith no pyte
Wo worthe vengeaunce whiche mercy may not sease
Wo worthe þat Iugement þat hathe none equite
Wo worthe þat trouthe þat hathe no charite
Wo worthe þat Iuge þat may no gilt saue
Wo worthe þat right þat may no fauor haue
Note: Immediately follows 5411.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Chaucer and Lydgate Fragments.” Notes and Queries 5th ser. 9 (1878): 342-3: 343.
Bühler, Kurt. “Lydgate’s Horse, Sheep and Goose and Huntington MS HM 144.” Modern Language Notes 55 (1940): 563-69: 567.