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DIMEV 6831
IMEV 4255
NIMEV 4255
Ye proud gallants heartless
Against excess in men’s apparel — two to six monorhyming quatrains
Note: Cf. 3084.
Subjects: clothing, against extremes of; debates
Versification: — four-line, monorhyme — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, University College 154, f. ii
First Lines:
Ye popeholy prestis fulle of presumcyoun…
Note: Last four quatrains only, focussing on clerical excess of dress rather than gallants’; see 4854
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 27
First Lines:
This prowde Galantes thriftles
Seyth hy Cappis witles
Stuffid dowblettes & longe pykyd shone
Hath broght this land in grete hevynes…
Last Lines:
…And afterward than ye may take in hand
All other to amend and bryng pese to this land
Note: Variant version including answer of the Gallants to clerics, altogether of five stanzas, the first of five lines, aabab; the others as answer of four stanzas, 4,3,4,3, monorhymed, with two headings as listed under MS titles.
Attributed Title: Made by prestes ayenst Galantes (as heading at beginning, f. 27); An Ansuere to þe same by the Galantes (before second stanza, f. 27)
Editions:
Scase, Wendy. “’Proud Gallants and Popeholy Priests’: The context and function of a Fifteenth-century Satirical Poem.” Medium Ævum 63 (1994): 275-86: 276 (extract).
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, f. 113
First Lines:
Ye prowd galonttes hertlesse
With your hyghe cappis witlesse…
Last Lines:
…othir to repreve and that I undirstonde
Ye may amende alle other and bryng pese to londed
Note: Six quatrains, monorhyming (aaaa), on a narrow slip of paper equivalent to second column of a page, now attached to a wide stub; written by a different hand to others in this manuscript.
Editions:
Strutt, Joseph. Horda Angel-Cynnan …. 3 vols. London: B. White, 1775-76: 3.78.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.251.
Fairholt, Frederick William. “Satirical Songs and Poems on Costume.” Percy Society 27. London: Richards, 1849: 56-7.
Scase, Wendy. “’Proud Gallants and Popeholy Priests’: The context and function of a Fifteenth-century Satirical Poem.” Medium Ævum 63 (1994): 275-86: 275-6.