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Ye that will let good men blood
Variant version of instructions for bloodletting — in couplets
Note: For main version, see 5395
Subjects: bloodletting; utilitarian instructions
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.14.51 (921), ff. 33-33v
Transcription:
For to kenne þe veynes to late blode
To þe þat lates many gode men blode
And wynnes þer with þi worldes fode
Take hede þat þou doo but gode
Somme veynes vse þey sykerle…

Note: 37 lines, ends imperfectly.
Attributed Title: Modus qui docet ad minuendum sanguinem (f. 33)
2.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2572, ff. 69-70
First Lines:
Ȝe that wyll lette gude men blode
And vaynes wyth all ȝowre liues fode
Some vaynes vse ȝe
And mony other lette ȝe be
Therefore nowe wyll I them schewe
And tell ȝowe them apone a rawe
And where they lye euer ylke one
And for what thynge they shall be tone…
Last Lines:
…And wemen that hath tynt ther floures
lete them blede in there bowres…
Note: 56 lines, ends imperfectly.
Attributed Title: To knawe the vaynes to let blode one (f. 69)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, and Percy Furnivall, eds. Vicary’s Anatomie of the Bodie of Man. EETS e.s. 53 (1888; repr. 1973): 228-9.