Princess

Princess
Kejserinde

Here is a comparison line by line of the Ellesmere manuscript against all other available sources.

In this comparison we ignore punctuation, accents, capitalization, double letters, final e's (and e before final s) and differences caused by interchange of aun/an and cion/cyon/tion.

Deletions are marked in red and insertions in green: In other words, the red words are from the Ellesmere-manuscript.

Death to the princess

 

Dethe to the Lady of gret astate

TrinityDethe to the Lady of gret astate Mors ad Reginam
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Lady of gret astate Princesse.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Lady of gret astate Princess.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Lady of gret astate Princess.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Lady of gret astate Princess.
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Lady of gret astate Princess.
 

Come forth a-noon / my lady & Princesse

SeldenCome forth a noon/ anone/ my lady & Princesse
TrinityCome forth a noon/ anon my lady & good Princesse
TottelCome forth a noon/ anon, my lady & good Princesse
Dugdale-1658Come forth a noon/ anon my lady & good Princesse
Dugdale-monasticonCome forth a noon/ anon my lady & good Princesse
Dugdale-1718Come forth a noon/ anon my lady & good Princesse
Dugdale-1818Come forth a noon/ anon my lady & good Princesse
 

Ȝe most al-so / go vp-on this daunce

SeldenȜe most al so/ muste also/ go vp on this daunce
TrinityȜe most al so/ must also go vp on opon this daunce
TottelȜe most al so/ go vp on must also gon vpon this daunce
Dugdale-1658Ȝe most al so/ go vp on must also gon upon this daunce
Dugdale-monasticonȜe most al so/ go vp on must also gon upon this daunce
Dugdale-1718Ȝe most al so/ go vp on must also gon upon this daunce
Dugdale-1818Ȝe most al so/ go vp on must also gon upon this daunce
 

Nowt mai a-vaile / ȝowre grete straungenesse

SeldenNowt Not mai a vaile/ ȝowre availle/ ȝoure grete straungenesse
TrinityNowt Nought mai a vaile/ ȝowre auayle your grete straungenesse
TottelNowt Nought mai a vaile/ ȝowre grete auayle your great straungenesse
Dugdale-1658Nowt Nought mai a vaile/ ȝowre grete avayle your great straungenesse
Dugdale-monasticonNowt Nought mai a vaile/ ȝowre grete avayle your great straungenesse
Dugdale-1718Nowt Nought mai a vaile/ ȝowre grete avayle your great straungenesse
Dugdale-1818Nowt Nought mai a vaile/ ȝowre grete avayle your great straungenesse
 

Nowther ȝowre beaute / ne ȝowre grete plesaunce

SeldenNowther ȝowre beaute/ Nooþer ȝoure beute/ ne ȝowre ȝoure grete plesaunce
TrinityNowther ȝowre beaute/ ne ȝowre Neyþer your bewte nor your grete plesaunce
TottelNowther ȝowre beaute/ ne ȝowre Nether your beauty nor your grete plesaunce pleasaunce,
Dugdale-1658Nowther ȝowre beaute/ ne ȝowre Neither your beauty nor your grete plesaunce pleasance,
Dugdale-monasticonNowther ȝowre beaute/ ne ȝowre Neither your beauty nor your grete plesaunce pleasance,
Dugdale-1718Nowther ȝowre beaute/ ne ȝowre Neither your beauty nor your grete plesaunce pleasance,
Dugdale-1818Nowther ȝowre beaute/ ne ȝowre Neither your beauty nor your grete plesaunce pleasance,
 

Ȝowre riche a-rai / ne ȝowre daliaunce

SeldenȜowre Ȝoure riche a rai/ aray/ ne ȝowre ȝoure daliaunce
TrinityȜowre Your riche a rai/ ne ȝowre aray nor your daliaunce
TottelȜowre Your riche a rai/ ne ȝowre aray, nother your daliaunce
Dugdale-1658Ȝowre Your riche a rai/ ne ȝowre aray nother your daliaunce
Dugdale-monasticonȜowre Your riche a rai/ ne ȝowre aray nother your daliaunce
Dugdale-1718Ȝowre Your riche a rai/ ne ȝowre aray nother your daliaunce
Dugdale-1818Ȝowre Your riche a rai/ ne ȝowre aray nother your daliaunce
 

That somme-tyme cowde / so many holde on honde

SeldenThat somme tyme svmtyme/ cowde/ so many holde on an honde
TrinityThat somme tyme whylom cowde/ so many holde on in honde
TottelThat somme tyme cowde/ whylom couth so many holde on in honde
Dugdale-1658That somme tyme cowde/ whilom couth so many holde on in honde
Dugdale-monasticonThat somme tyme cowde/ whilom couth so many holde on in honde
Dugdale-1718That somme tyme cowde/ whilom couth so many holde on in honde
Dugdale-1818That somme tyme cowde/ whilom couth so many holde on in honde
 

In loue / for al ȝowre dowble variaunce

SeldenIn loue/ for al ȝowre dowble ȝoure double variaunce
TrinityIn loue/ for al ȝowre dowble your dobyll variaunce
TottelIn loue/ for al ȝowre dowble your double variaunce
Dugdale-1658In loue/ for al ȝowre dowble your double variaunce
Dugdale-monasticonIn loue/ for al ȝowre dowble your double variaunce
Dugdale-1718In loue/ for al ȝowre dowble your double variaunce
Dugdale-1818In loue/ for al ȝowre dowble your double variaunce
 

Ȝe mote as now / this foting vnderstonde.

SeldenȜe mote as now/ this foting vnderstonde. vndirstonde
TrinityȜe mote must as now/ this foting vnderstonde. vndyrstond

The princess

 

The Lady answereth

SeldenThe Lady answereth answerith
TrinityThe Lady answereth Responsio Regine
TottelThe Lady answereth Princesse maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Lady answereth Princess maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Lady answereth Princess maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Lady answereth Princess maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Lady answereth Princess maketh aunswer.
 

Allas I see / ther is noon other bote

SeldenAllas I see/ ther is noon other othir bote
 

Dethe hathe yn erthe / no ladi ne maiestresse

SeldenDethe hathe yn erthe/ no ladi ne maiestresse maistresse
TrinityDethe hathe yn erthe/ no ladi ne maiestresse nor masteras
TottelDethe hathe yn erthe/ earth no ladi ne maiestresse nor maistres,
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death hathe yn erthe/ earth no ladi ne maiestresse nor mastres,
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death hathe yn erthe/ earth no ladi ne maiestresse nor mastres,
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death hathe yn erthe/ earth no ladi ne maiestresse nor Mastres,
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death hathe yn erthe/ earth no ladi ne maiestresse nor mastres,
 

And on his daunce / ȝitte moste I nedes fote

SeldenAnd on his daunce/ ȝitte moste muste I nedes nedis fote
TrinityAnd on his þe daunce/ ȝitte moste yet must I nedes nedys fote
TottelAnd on his this daunce/ ȝitte moste yet mot I nedes fote
Dugdale-1658And on his this daunce/ ȝitte moste yet mot I nedes fote
Dugdale-monasticonAnd on his this daunce/ ȝitte moste yet mot I nedes fote
Dugdale-1718And on his this daunce/ ȝitte moste yet mot I nedes fote
Dugdale-1818And on his this daunce/ ȝitte moste yet mot I nedes fote
 

For ther [n]is quene / Countesse ne duchesse

SeldenFor ther [n]is quene/ Countesse qwene contesse ne duchesse
TrinityFor ther [n]is ys quene/ Countesse ne duchesse
TottelFor ther [n]is quene/ Countesse ne duchesse dutchesse,
Dugdale-1658For ther [n]is quene/ Countesse ne duchesse dutchess,
Dugdale-monasticonFor ther [n]is quene/ Countesse ne duchesse Dutchess,
Dugdale-1718For ther [n]is quene/ Countesse ne duchesse Dutchess,
Dugdale-1818For ther [n]is quene/ Countesse ne duchesse Dutchess,
 

Flouryng in beaute / ne yn feirnesse

SeldenFlouryng in beaute/ bounte/ ne yn feirnesse fairnesse
TrinityFlouryng Flowryng in beaute/ ne bounte nor yn feirnesse her fayrenes
TottelFlouryng in beaute/ ne bountie nor yn feirnesse her fayrenes,
Dugdale-1658Flouryng in beaute/ ne bounty nor yn feirnesse her fayrness
Dugdale-monasticonFlouryng in beaute/ ne bounty, nor yn feirnesse her fayrness
Dugdale-1718Flouryng in beaute/ ne bounty, nor yn feirnesse her fayrness
Dugdale-1818Flouryng in beaute/ ne bounty, nor yn feirnesse her fayrness
 

That she of dethe / mote dethes trace sewe

TrinityThat But she of dethe/ mote dethes trace must passe þe passage sewe
TottelThat she shode of dethe/ Death mote dethes trace sewe passe the passage.
Dugdale-1658That she shooe of dethe/ death mote dethes trace sewe passe the passage,
Dugdale-monasticonThat she shooe of dethe/ death mote dethes trace sewe passe the passage,
Dugdale-1718That she shooe of dethe/ death mote dethes trace sewe passe the passage,
Dugdale-1818That she shooe of dethe/ death mote dethes trace sewe passe the passage,
 

For to ȝowre beaute / & counterfete fresshnesse

SeldenFor to ȝowre beaute/ (oure) bewte/ & counterfete countirfeet fresshnesse
TrinityFor to ȝowre When our beaute/ & counterfete fresshnesse fayrenes
TottelFor to ȝowre beaute/ When our beautie & counterfete fresshnesse counterfeit fairnes
Dugdale-1658For to ȝowre beaute/ When our beautie & counterfete fresshnesse counterfeit fairnesse
Dugdale-monasticonFor to ȝowre beaute/ When our beauty & counterfete fresshnesse counterfeit fairness
Dugdale-1718For to ȝowre beaute/ When our beauty & counterfete fresshnesse counterfeit fairness
Dugdale-1818For to ȝowre beaute/ When our beauty & counterfete fresshnesse counterfeit fairness
 

Owre rympled age / seithe farewel adiewe.

SeldenOwre (Oure) rympled age/ seithe farewel adiewe. fare wele a dewe
TrinityOwre rympled Our rymplid age/ seithe farewel adiewe. a dewe
TottelOwre Dieth, adue then our rympled age/ seithe farewel adiewe.
Dugdale-1658Owre Dieth, adue then our rympled age/ seithe farewel adiewe.
Dugdale-monasticonOwre Dieth, adue then our rympled age/ seithe farewel adiewe.
Dugdale-1718Owre Dieth, adue then our rympled age/ seithe farewel adiewe.
Dugdale-1818Owre Dieth, adue then our rympled age/ seithe farewel adiewe.

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