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Be meek and mild of heart and tongue
The Seven Virtues opposed to the Deadly Sins — eight couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 239.
Subjects: virtues; sins, deadly
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I, f. 5v
First Lines:
Be meke & meylde yn hert & towng
A yens pryd voyt elde & yong…
Last Lines:
…These wertwys vii ffle the senys seffen
And then ledyt A man the wey to hewyn
Attributed Title: The vii vertwys A gyn The vii dedley synys (f. 5v)
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 21.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 206
Editions:
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 296.
3.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 77-78
First Lines:
Be meke & mylde in hert & tonge
aȝens pride bothe colde & þonge…
Last Lines:
…Þies virtues cleen þe synnes seuen
& leden a man þe way to heuen
Note: In Speculum Cristiani, 4a Tabula; immediately followed by 4744.
Attributed Title: septem virtutes contra septem peccata predicta (f. 77)