The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
If that lorel lords this understood
A treatise in reproof of worldiness in the clergy
Subjects: clergy, criticism/satire of
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 198 (SC 3712)
, ff. 172-173v
Gif þat lorel lordes þis understode
bisshoppis þat cunne litel gode…
…þat to houre lyf is ful profitable
[ ] oure soule
126 lines; the poem in this MS is not incorporated into the Prick of
: Brown and Robbins (1943)
confuses it with the copy in Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 60 (SC 6922); the text is very faded and at places completely
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard,
The Thornton Romances: The Early English Metrical Romances of Perceval,
Isumbras, Eglamour, and Degrevant.
o.s. 30 (1844); repr. F.S. Ellis, Kelmscott Press, 1897: 259-61 (latter portion only).
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 60 (SC 6922)
, ff. 1-7v
ȝif lorel lordis þis vnderstode
And þise bischopis
þat kunnen litil goode
And þise conkunnynge abbotis and
And many othere rekles doctouris…
…ffor þer is difference as y wene
Bytwene techyng and
Note: 212 lines; at the beginning of the MS there are four extracts (18
couplets on f. 1; 26 couplets on ff. 1v-2; 29 couplets and one line
on ff. 3-3v, 50 couplets on ff. 4-5; 43 couplets on ff.
6-7v) intermixed with Latin prose; extract on f. 3v is
incomplete because of missing leaf.
Furnivall, Frederick James.
Ballads from Manuscripts.
London: Ballad Society, 1863; repr. New York: AMS, 1968: 1.63.
Allen, Hope Emily.
Writings Attributed to Richard Rolle.
New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1927: 391-2 (extracts).