Bishop and Nobleman

Bishop and nobleman
Guy Marchant, Bishop and esquire

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In this comparison we ignore punctuation, accents, capitalization, double letters, final e's (and e before final s), differences caused by split words (e.g. "toforne" and "to forne"), 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 bishop

Dethe to the Bysshoppe

Dethe to the Bysshoppe Mors ad Episcopum.
Trinity

Dethe Detah speketh to the Bysshoppe
Vespasian

Dethe to the Bysshoppe Episcopus
Lansdowne, Vossius

Dethe Death speaketh to the Bysshoppe
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Mi lorde Sire Bisshop / with ȝowre mitre & crose

Mi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre ȝoure mitre & crose
Selden

Mi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre myter & crose croys
Trinity

Mi lorde Sire Come nere, ye Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre your miter & crose
Vespasian

Mi lorde Com ner Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre your myteer & crose
Lansdowne, Vossius

Mi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre miter & crose
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For al ȝowre riches / sotheli I ensure

For al ȝowre ȝoure riches/ sotheli sothly I ensure
Selden, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soþly I yow ensure
Trinity

For al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli I ensure you insure,
Vespasian

For al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soth I yow ensure
Lansdowne, Vossius

For al ȝowre tresowre / so longe kepte in clos

For al ȝowre tresowre/ ȝoure tresour/ so longe kepte in clos
Selden, Lansdowne, Vossius

For al ȝowre tresowre/ so longe your goodys kepte in clos
Trinity

For And al ȝowre tresowre/ so your treasure, longe kepte keped in clos
Vespasian

For al ȝowre tresowre/ your treasour so longe kepte in clos
Tottel

For al ȝowre tresowre/ so longe your treasure kepte in clos
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ȝowre worldli godes / & godes of nature

Ȝowre Ȝoure worldli godes/ & godes of nature
Selden, Trinity, Vespasian, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ȝowre worldli godes/ Your wordly goodis/ & godes goodis of nature
Lansdowne

Ȝowre worldli godes/ Your werdly goodis/ & godes goodis of nature
Vossius

And of ȝowre shepe / the gostli dredeful cure

And of ȝowre ȝoure shepe/ the dredly gostli dredeful cure
Selden

And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful cure
Trinity

And of ȝowre shepe/ the youre gostli dredeful & dredfull cure
Vespasian

And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreedful cure
Lansdowne, Vossius

And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli ghostly dredeful cure
Tottel

And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreadfull ghostly cure
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

With charge comytted / to ȝowre † prelacie

With charge comytted/ committid/ to ȝowre ȝoure prelacie
Selden, Trinity, Vossius

With charge comytted/ to ȝowre youre prelacie
Vespasian, Lansdowne, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For to accounte / ȝe shul be browȝt to lure

For to accounte/ ȝe shul be browȝt brouȝte to lure
Selden

For to accounte/ accompt ȝe shul shall be browȝt brought to lure
Trinity, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For to accounte/ ȝe shul you shall be browȝt brought to lure
Vespasian

For to accounte/ ȝe shul shal be browȝt brouht to lure
Lansdowne

For to accounte/ the counte/ ȝe shul shal be browȝt brouht to lure
Vossius

For to accounte/ accoumpt ȝe shul shal be browȝt brought to lure
Tottel

No wight is sure / that clymbeth ouer hye.

No wight wiȝt is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye.
Selden

No wight is sure/ sewre that clymbeth ouer hye.
Trinity

No wight is sure/ that clymbeth ouer clymeth over hye.
Vespasian

No wight wiht is sure/ seur/ that clymbeth ouer hye. clymbith on hih.
Lansdowne

No wight Nouht is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye. clymbith on hihe
Vossius

No wight is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye. over high.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The bishop

The Bysshop answereth

The Bysshop answereth answeriþ
Selden

The Bysshop answereth Responsio Episcopi
Trinity

The Bysshop answereth
Vespasian

The Bysshop answereth Responsum
Lansdowne, Vossius

The Bysshop answereth maketh aunswere.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Mi herte trewly / is nowether glad ne meri

Mi herte trewly/ truly/ is nowether nouþer glad ne meri myrie
Selden

Mi herte trewly/ truly is nowether neyþer glad ne nor meri
Trinity

Mi herte trewly/ is nowether glad ne meri Of thes thinges I am nothing faine,
Vespasian

Mi herte trewly/ is nowether Of these tidynges/ I am no thyng glad ne meri
Lansdowne, Vossius

Mi herte trewly/ MINE heart truely is nowether nother glad ne meri
Tottel

Mi herte trewly/ MIne heart truly is nowether nother glad ne meri
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Of sodeyne tidinges / whiche that ȝe bringe

Of sodeyne tidinges/ whiche wiche that ȝe bringe
Selden

Of sodeyne tidinges/ soden tydyng whiche that ȝe bringe
Trinity

Of sodeyne tidinges/ whiche that ȝe dethe to me so sodenly doth bringe
Vespasian

Of sodeyne tidinges/ whiche that ȝe deth to me/ so sodeynly doth bringe
Lansdowne, Vossius

Of sodeyne tidinges/ whiche that ȝe [me] bringe
Tottel

Mi festes turned / in to simple ferie

Mi festes fest is turned/ in to a simple ferie
Selden

Mi festes turned/ byn tornyd in to a simple ferie story
Trinity

It maketh Mi festes turned/ in faice & countenaunce all to simple ferie dayn,
Vespasian

It makith Mi festes turned/ in to simple ferie face/ & countenaunce ful saad
Lansdowne

It makit Mi festes turned/ in to simple ferie face/ & countenaunce ful sade
Vossius

Mi festes feast is turned/ in to vnto a simple ferie
Tottel

Mi festes feast is turned/ in to simple ferie
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

That for discomforte / me liste no thyng synge

That for discomforte/ me liste no thyng to synge
Trinity, Lansdowne, Tottel

That for discomforte/ miscomforte me liste no thyng not for to synge
Vespasian

That for discomforte/ disconfort/ me liste no thyng to synge
Vossius

The worlde contrarie / now to me In werkynge

The worlde contrarie/ now vn to me In werkynge workyng
Selden

The worlde contrarie/ now contraryed to me now In werkynge workyng
Trinity

The worlde contrarie/ now to Thy worde controyes me In werkynge writing,
Vespasian

The worlde contrarie/ now to me In werkynge
Lansdowne

The O worlde contrarie/ now to me In werkynge
Vossius

The worlde contrarie/ now to me In my* werkynge
Tottel

The worlde contrarie/ now contraries to me now In werkynge working
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

The worlde contrarie/ contraries me now to me In werkynge working
Dugdale-1718

That al folkes / can so disherite

That Which al folkes/ estattes can so disherite sodenly disright;
Vespasian

That Which al folkes/ estatis/ can so disherite
Lansdowne, Vossius

That Which al folkes/ estates* can so disherite
Tottel

He that al with-halte / allas atte owre partynge

He that al with halte/ withhalt/ allas atte owre oure partynge
Selden

He that al with halte/ withholt allas atte owre our partynge
Trinity

He that & al with halte/ holdeth allas atte owre one partynge
Vespasian

He that al with halte/ allas atte owre partynge And needis we must/ on to our departyng
Lansdowne

He that al with halte/ allas atte owre partynge And nedis we must/ vnto our departyng
Vossius

He that al with halte/ allas atte owre our partynge
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

And al shal passe / safe oneli owre merite.

And al shal passe/ safe oneli owre saue only oure merite.
Selden

And al þyng shal passe/ safe oneli owre saue oonly our merite.
Trinity

And al shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only oure merite.
Vespasian, Lansdowne

And al shal passe/ safe oneli owre sauff oonly our merite.
Vossius

And al shal passe/ safe saue oneli owre our merite.
Tottel

And al thing shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only our merite.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Death to the nobleman

Dethe to the Squyere

Dethe to the Squyere Mors ad Armigerum
Trinity

Dethe Death speaketh to the Squyere knight or squire
Vespasian

Dethe to the Squyere Miles & Armiger
Lansdowne

Dethe to the Squyere Miles et Armyger
Vossius

Dethe Death speaketh to the Squyere
Tottel

Dethe Death speaketh to the Squyere Squire.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Come † forthe Sire Squyer / right fressh of ȝowre arai

Come forthe Sire Squyer/ right riȝt fressh of ȝowre ȝoure arai
Selden

Come forthe Sire Squyer/ right fressh of ȝowre in your arai
Trinity

Come forthe Sire Squyer/ Knight or squire, right fressh of ȝowre in your arai
Vespasian

Come forthe Sire Squyer/ right Knyht or scwyer/ riht fressh of ȝowre your arai
Lansdowne

Come forthe Sire Squyer/ right Knyht or squere/ riht fressh of ȝowre your arai
Vossius

Come COMMETH forthe Sire Squyer/ right fressh of ȝowre your arai
Tottel

Come forthe Sire Squyer/ Squire right fressh of ȝowre your arai
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

That can of daunces / al the newe gyse

That can daunce of daunces/ al the newe gyse
Trinity

That can Thou canst of daunces/ al the newe gyse guysse;
Vespasian

That can of daunces/ daunses al the newe gyse
Lansdowne

That can of daunces/ al the newe gyse guyse
Vossius

That can conne of daunces/ al the newe gyse guise,
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Thowȝ ȝe bare armes / fressh horsed ȝisterdai

Thowȝ Thouȝ ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed ȝisterdai
Selden

Thowȝ Though ȝe bare armes/ harneys fressh horsed ȝisterdai horses yesterday
Trinity

Thowȝ ȝe bare Thoughe þou baire armes/ fressh & well horsed ȝisterdai yester day,
Vespasian

Thowȝ Thouh ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed wele horsid ȝisterdai
Lansdowne

Thowȝ Thouh ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed ȝisterdai armys/ well horsyd yesterday
Vossius

Thowȝ Thoghe ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,*
Tottel

Thowȝ If ȝe bare armes/ fressh harnes freshly horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,
Dugdale-1658

Thowȝ If ȝe bare armes/ fressh bate harnes freshly horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,
Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

With spere & shelde / atte ȝowre vncouthe deuyse

With spere & shelde/ atte ȝowre vncouthe ȝoure vnkouþe deuyse
Selden

With spere & shelde/ shylde atte ȝowre vncouthe deuyse
Trinity

With spere speare & shelde/ atte ȝowre vncouthe deuyse your devysse;
Vespasian

With spere & shelde/ atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse devise
Lansdowne

With spere & shelde/ atte ȝowre vncouthe deuyse your vnkouth devise
Vossius

With spere & shelde/ shielde atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
Tottel

With spere & shelde/ shield atte ȝowre vncouthe deuyse your uncouth devise,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

And t[o]ke on ȝow / so many hye Emprise

And t[o]ke on ȝow/ so many hye hygh Emprise
Trinity

And t[o]ke on ȝow/ so loke vpon you many hye Emprise a strong interprysse.
Vespasian

And t[o]ke on upon ȝow/ so many hye strange Emprise
Lansdowne

And t[o]ke on ȝow/ so take vpon you/ many hye strang Emprise
Vossius

And t[o]ke on ȝow/ you so many hye high Emprise
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Daunceth with vs / hit wille no better be

Daunceth with vs/ hit it wille no better bettir be
Selden

Daunceth Daunseþ with vs/ hit wille woll no better bettyr be
Trinity

Daunceth Stand with vs/ hit hus, yt wille no better other be
Vespasian

Daunceth Dansith with vs/ hit wille it wole no better bettir be
Lansdowne

Daunceth Dansith with vs/ hit wille it well no better be
Vossius

Daunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit it wille no better be
Tottel

Daunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit us it wille no better be
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ther is no sokoure / in no maner wise

Ther is no sokoure/ socour/ in no maner wise
Selden, Trinity, Lansdowne, Vossius

Ther is no sokoure/ succoure in no this maner of wise
Vespasian

Ther is no sokoure/ succour in no maner wise
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For no man mai / fro dethes stroke fle.

For no man mai/ fro dethes from deth stroke fle.
Vespasian

For no man mai/ fro dethes stroke from dethis power fle.
Lansdowne

For no man mai/ fro dethes stroke dethis power fle.
Vossius

For no man mai/ fro dethes Deathes stroke fle.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The nobleman

The Squyere answereth

The Squyere answereth aunswerith
Selden

The Squyere answereth Responsio Armigeri
Trinity

The Squyere answereth Knight or squire
Vespasian

The Squyere answereth Responsum
Lansdowne, Vossius

The Squyere answereth maketh aunswere.
Tottel

The Squyere answereth Squire maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Sitthen that dethe / me holdeth in his lace

Sitthen that dethe/ me holdeth holdith in his lace
Selden

Sitthen Syþ that dethe/ holdeþ me holdeth in his lace
Trinity

Sitthen that dethe/ Seth death holdeth me holdeth in his lace laicce,
Vespasian

Sitthen Sith that dethe/ me holdeth holdith in his lace
Lansdowne

Sitthen Sith that dethe/ me holdeth holdit in his lace
Vossius

Sitthen SITHENS that dethe/ Death me holdeth in his lace lase,
Tottel

Sitthen SIthence that dethe/ death holdeth me holdeth in his lace lase,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ȝitte shal I speke / oo worde or I pace

Ȝitte Ȝet shal I speke/ oo worde or I pace pase
Selden

Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ oo oon worde or I pace passe
Trinity

Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ oo on worde or er I pace passe
Vespasian

Ȝitte shal I speke/ oo a worde or I pace
Lansdowne

Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ oo a worde or I pace passe
Vossius

Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ speake oo worde or that* I pace passe:
Tottel

Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ speak oo worde or ere I pace passe.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Adieu al myrthe / adieu [now ] al solace

Adieu A dew al myrthe/ adieu a dew [now ] al
Trinity

Adieu A dew al myrthe/ adieu [now a dew ] al solaice,
Vespasian

Adieu al myrthe/ merth/ adieu [now ] al
Vossius

Adieu Adue al myrthe/ adieu adue [now ] al
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Adieu my ladyes / somme-tyme so fressh of face

Adieu A dew my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
Trinity

Adieu A dew my ladyes/ somme tyme ladie whilon so fressh of face faice;
Vespasian

Adieu Adue my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Adieu beaute / plesaun[ce] & solace

Adieu beaute/ beute/ plesaun[ce] & solace
Selden

Adieu A dew beaute/ plesaun[ce] & solace
Trinity

Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] & solace A dew bewtye that lasteth a smale spaice,
Vespasian

Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] & solace that lastith but short space
Lansdowne

Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] & solace beute/ that lastith but short space
Vossius

Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] Adue beautie, pleasaunce, & al solace
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Of dethes chaunge / eueri dai is pryme

Of dethes deathes chaunge/ eueri every dai is pryme
Vespasian, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Of dethes dethis chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
Lansdowne, Vossius

Of dethes Deathes chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
Tottel

Thynketh [o]n ȝowre sowles / or that deth manace

Thynketh [o]n ȝowre sowles/ ȝoure soules/ or that deth manace
Selden

Thynketh Thynke [o]n ȝowre sowles/ [soules] or that deth manace
Trinity

Thynketh Thinke [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that poore soules er deth manace you agasse,
Vespasian

Thynketh Thynk [o]n ȝowre sowles/ your sowlis/ or that deth manace
Lansdowne

Thynketh Thynk [o]n ȝowre your sowles/ or that deth manace
Vossius

Thynketh Thinke [o]n ȝowre sowles/ your soules or that deth Death manace
Tottel

Thynketh Think [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that deth your souls ere the death manace
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

For al shal rote / & no man wote what tyme.

For al shal rote/ & no man wote what tyme.
Vespasian

For al shal that rote/ & no man wote what tyme.
Dugdale-1718


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