The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 120
Adam scrivein if ever it thee befall
‘Chaucer’s wordes unto Adam’ — one stanza rhyme royal
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘Chaucer’s wordes unto Adam’
Subjects: advice; verse curse; chastisement; manuscripts, production of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1b), f. 35
First Lines:
Adam sciuener if ever thee befall
Boece or Troylus for to write new…
Last Lines:
…it to correct and eke to rubbe and scrape
and all is thorowe thy necgligence and rape
Note: Copied by a hand of the seventeenth century from Speght (1598).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 367
First Lines:
Adam scryveyne if euer it þe byfalle
Boece or Troylus for to wryten nuwe
Vnder þy long lokkes þowe most haue þe scalle
But affter my makyng þowe wryte more truwe…
Last Lines:
…It to corect and eke to rubbe and scrape
And al is thorugh þy necglygence and rape
Attributed Author: Geffrey Chauciers (p. 367)
Attributed Title: Chauciers wordes Geffrey vn to Adame his owen cryveyne (p. 367)
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