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IMEV 4254
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Ye mistresses mine and cleanly chambers
?John Lydgate, ‘A tretise for lauandres’, sometimes attributed to Lydgate — three stanzas rhyme royal
Note: The third stanza frequently appears separately: see 4240.
Author(s): John Lydgate (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘A tretise for lauandres’
Subjects: occupations; translations
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.6 [Findern MS], f. 164
First Lines:
Yee maistresses myne and clenly chamberys
That haue to doe with my ladis atyre
Atendythe ay as honest officers
Sith youre fee youre wages & youre hyre…
Last Lines:
…wyth water clere is purged & made clene
But thes thre clense wyne mylkes and beene
Note: The Latin, ‘vinum lacte lava oleum que licore fabarum / Incaustum vino setera mundat aqua’, before third stanza.
Attributed Title: A tretise for lauandres (f. 164)
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Alfred E. B. Owen. The Findern Manuscript: Cambridge University Library MS. F.1.6. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.26-27.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 723.