The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
How the crown must be kept from covetous people
Mum and the Sothsegger — alliterative lines
for the companion piece,
Richard the Redeless
Title(s): Mum and the Sothsegger
Subjects: contemporary conditions; Richard II, deposition of; national policy, discussions of; alliterative unrhymed
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 41666
, ff. 1-19v
Hovgh þe coronne moste be kepte fro couetous peuple
Al hoole in
his hande and at his heeste eke…
…[...]ourchachid no prelacies with prince noþer
[...]yer ne povndes but þorough proufe of þayre
Note: 1751 lines; ends imperfectly. Initial words of last lines are missing
due to damage to the manuscript.
Day, Mabel, and Richard Steele, eds.
Mum and the Sothsegger.
o.s. 199 (1936); repr. 1987.