Canon and Merchant

Canon and merchant
Guy Marchant, Canon and merchant

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Death to the canon

 

Dethe to the Chanoun

VespasianDethe Death speketh to the Chanoun deane or cannon
LansdowneDethe to the Chanoun Decanus
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Chanoun Chanon Seculer.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Chanoun Canon Secular.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Chanoun Canon Secular.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Chanoun Canon secular.
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Chanoun Canon Secular.
 

And ȝe Sire Chanoun / with many grete prebende

VespasianAnd ȝe Sire Chanoun/ deane or chanon, with many grete a great prebende
LansdowneAnd ȝe Sire Chanoun/ dean or Chanon/ with many grete prebende
TottelAnd ȝe Sire Chanoun/ Chanon, with many grete great prebende
Dugdale-1658And ȝe Sire Chanoun/ Chanon with many grete prebende
Dugdale-monasticonAnd ȝe Sire Chanoun/ Chanon with many grete prebende
Dugdale-1718And ȝe Sire Chanoun/ Chanon with many grete mony great prebende
Dugdale-1818And ȝe Sire Chanoun/ Chanon with many grete prebende
 

Ȝe mai no lenger / haue distribucioun

VespasianȜe mai no lenger/ longer haue distribucioun distrubucyon;
LansdowneȜe mai no lenger/ haue distribucioun ha distribuciouns
TottelȜe mai no lenger/ haue distribucioun distribucion
Dugdale-1658Ȝe mai no lenger/ haue distribucioun distribution,
Dugdale-monasticonȜe mai no lenger/ haue distribucioun distribution,
Dugdale-1718Ȝe mai no lenger/ longer haue distribucioun distribution,
Dugdale-1818Ȝe mai no lenger/ haue distribucioun distribution,
 

Of golde & siluer / largeli to dispende

VespasianOf golde & siluer/ largeli In great aray you be for to dispende
LansdowneOf golde & siluer/ largeli In gret array/ your tresour to dispende
Dugdale-1658Of golde & siluer/ largeli to dispende
Dugdale-monasticonOf golde & siluer/ largeli to dispende
Dugdale-1718Of golde & siluer/ largeli to dispende
Dugdale-1818Of golde & siluer/ largeli to dispende
 

For ther is now / no consolacioun

VespasianFor ther is now/ no consolacioun Whith all youre riches & possessione.
LansdowneFor ther is now/ no consolacioun With all your richesse/ & your possessiouns
TottelFor ther is now/ no consolacioun consolacion
Dugdale-1658For ther is now/ no consolacioun consolation,
Dugdale-monasticonFor ther is now/ no consolacioun consolation,
Dugdale-1718For ther is now/ no consolacioun consolation;
Dugdale-1818For ther is now/ no consolacioun consolation;
 

But daunce with vs / for al ȝowre hye renoun

SeldenBut daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre ȝoure hye renoun
VespasianBut daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye renoun nature haith set her revolucyone,
LansdowneBut daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye renoun kynde hath sett/ hir revoluciouns
TottelBut daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye your high renoun
Dugdale-1658But daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye renoun your high renowne,
Dugdale-monasticonBut daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye renoun your high renowne,
Dugdale-1718But daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye renoun your high renowne,
Dugdale-1818But daunce with vs/ for al ȝowre hye renoun your high renowne,
 

For ȝe of dethe / stonde vp on the brinke

SeldenFor ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp on vppon the brinke
VespasianFor ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp on the brinke Ech man to dance some day death bringes;
LansdowneFor ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp Eche man som day/ to daunce on the dethis brinke
TottelFor ȝe of dethe/ death[e] stonde vp on vpon the brinke
Dugdale-1658For ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp on if death stode upon the brinke
Dugdale-monasticonFor ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp on if death stode upon the brinke
Dugdale-1718For ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp on if death stode upon the brinke
Dugdale-1818For ȝe of dethe/ stonde vp on if death stode upon the brinke
 

Ȝe mai ther of / haue no dilacioun

VespasianȜe mai ther of/ therefore, haue no dilacioun delacyone
LansdowneTher of Ȝe mai ther of/ haue no dilacioun dilaciouns
TottelȜe mai ther of/ therof haue no dilacioun delacion;
Dugdale-1658Ȝe mai ther of/ thereof haue no dilacioun delacion,
Dugdale-monasticonȜe mai ther of/ thereof haue no dilacioun delation,
Dugdale-1718Ȝe mai ther of/ thereof haue no dilacioun delation,
Dugdale-1818Ȝe mai ther of/ thereof haue no dilacioun delation,
 

Dethe cometh ai / when men leste on hym thenke.

SeldenDethe cometh comyth ai/ when whan men leste on hym thenke. þink
VespasianDethe cometh ai/ For comely he comes when men leste on hym thenke. thinkes.
LansdowneFor Dethe cometh ai/ when evir whan men leste on hym thenke. thynke.
TottelDethe Death cometh ai/ when men leste least on hym thenke. thinke.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death cometh ai/ when men leste least on hym thenke. thinke.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death cometh ai/ when men leste least on hym thenke. thinke.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death cometh ai/ when men leste least on hym thenke. thinke.
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death cometh ai/ when men leste least on hym thenke. thinke.

The canon

 

The Chanoun answereth

SeldenThe Chanoun answereth answeriþ
VespasianThe Chanoun answereth Deane.
LansdowneThe Chanoun answereth Responsum
TottelThe Chanoun answereth Chanon maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Chanoun answereth Chanon maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Chanoun answereth Chanon maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Chanoun answereth Chanon maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Chanoun answereth Chanon maketh aunswer.
 

Mi benefices / with many a personage

SeldenMi benefices/ with many a personage
VespasianMi benefices/ with many a devin curres, my rich personage
LansdowneMi benefices/ with many a personage divers cures/ my riche personages
TottelMi benefices/ benefice with many a mony personage
Dugdale-1658Mi benefices/ benefice with many a mony personage
Dugdale-monasticonMi benefices/ benefice with many a mony personage
Dugdale-1718Mi benefices/ benefice with many a mony personage
Dugdale-1818Mi benefices/ benefice with many a mony personage
 

God wote ful lite / mai me now comforte

VespasianGod wote Alas! ful lite/ lytle they mai me now comforte
LansdowneGod wote Allas ful lite/ litel/ thei mai me now comforte
 

Dethe hathe of me / so grete a-vantage

SeldenDethe hathe of me/ so grete a vantage avauntage
VespasianDethe hathe of Death vpon me/ so grete a vantage haith gittin his avantage.
LansdowneDethe vpon me/ hathe of me/ so grete a vantage geten his avantages
TottelDethe Death hathe of me/ so grete a vantage great auauntage,
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death hathe of me/ so grete a vantage avauntage,
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death hathe of me/ so grete a vantage adauntage,
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death hathe of me/ so lo grete a vantage advantage,
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death hathe of me/ so grete a vantage advauntage,
 

Al my richesse / mai me not disporte

VespasianAl my richesse/ mai nowit canne me not disporte
LansdowneAl my richesse/ mai can make me not disporte now no sporte
TottelThat Al my richesse/ mai me not nought disporte
Dugdale-1658That Al my richesse/ mai me not nought disporte
Dugdale-monasticonThat Al my richesse/ mai me not nought disporte
Dugdale-1718That Al my richesse/ mai me not disporte
Dugdale-1818That Al my richesse/ mai me not nought disporte
 

Amys o[f] gris / thei wille aȝen resorte

SeldenAmys o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen wole aȝein resorte
VespasianAmys Almes o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen graice might me againe resorte
LansdowneAmys o[f] gris/ grey/ thei wille aȝen must a geyn resorte
TottelAmys o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen ayein resorte
Dugdale-1658Amys o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen ayein resorte
Dugdale-monasticonAmys o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen ayein resorte
Dugdale-1718Amys o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen ayein resorte
Dugdale-1818Amys o[f] gris/ thei wille aȝen ayein resorte
 

Vnto the worlde / surplus & prebende

SeldenVnto Vn to the worlde/ surplus surplys & prebende
VespasianVnto the worlde/ surplus & with many prebende
LansdowneVnto the worlde/ surplus & with many a gret prebende
TottelVnto the worlde/ surplus a surples & prebende
Dugdale-1658Vnto the worlde/ surplus a surpless & prebende
Dugdale-monasticonVnto the worlde/ surplus a surpless & prebende
Dugdale-1718Vnto the worlde/ surplus a surpless & prebende
Dugdale-1818Vnto the worlde/ surplus a surpless & prebende
 

Al is veyneglorie / treuli to reporte

SeldenAl is veyneglorie/ treuli veinglorie/ truly to reporte
VespasianVhe which Al is veyneglorie/ treuli to clarkes truly can reporte
LansdowneAl is veyneglorie/ treuli to For which trewly/ as clerkis can reporte
TottelAl is veyneglorie/ treuli vainglory, truely to reporte
Dugdale-1658Al is veyneglorie/ treuli vainglory truely to reporte
Dugdale-monasticonAl is veyneglorie/ treuli vainglory truely to reporte
Dugdale-1718Al is veyneglorie/ treuli vainglory truely to reporte
Dugdale-1818Al is veyneglorie/ treuli vainglory truely to reporte
 

To dei welle / eche man shulde entende.

SeldenTo dei die welle/ eche man shulde entende.
VespasianTo dei dye welle/ eche man shulde entende. intend.
LansdowneTo dei welle/ eche man shulde sholde entende.
TottelTo dei dyen welle/ eche man shulde should entende.
Dugdale-1658To dei dyen welle/ eche each man shulde should entende.
Dugdale-monasticonTo dei dyen welle/ eche each man shulde should entende.
Dugdale-1718To dei dyen welle/ eche each man shulde should entende.
Dugdale-1818To dei dyen welle/ eche each man shulde should entende.

Death to the merchant

 

Dethe to the Marchaunde

SeldenDethe to the Marchaunde Marchaunt
LansdowneDethe to the Marchaunde Mercator
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Marchaunde Marchaunte.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Marchaunde Marchant.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Marchaunde Marchant.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Marchaunde Marchant.
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Marchaunde Marchant.
 

Ȝe riche marchaunt / ȝe mote loke hiderwarde

LansdowneȜe Come riche marchaunt/ ȝe mote & loke hiderwarde hidirward
TottelȜe riche marchaunt/ ȝe mote loke hiderwarde hitherwarde,
Dugdale-1658Ȝe riche marchaunt/ ȝe mote loke hiderwarde hitherward,
Dugdale-monasticonȜe riche marchaunt/ ȝe mote loke hiderwarde hitherward,
Dugdale-1718Ȝe riche marchaunt/ ȝe mote loke hiderwarde hitherward,
Dugdale-1818Ȝe riche marchaunt/ ȝe mote loke hiderwarde hitherward,
 

That passed haue / ful many dyuerse londe

SeldenThat passed passid haue/ ful many dyuerse londe
LansdowneThat passed haue/ ful Which hast passid/ (thorow] many dyuerse londe
 

On hors on fote / hauyng moste rewarde

TottelOn hors on fote/ hauyng moste rewarde regard
Dugdale-1658On hors on and fote/ hauyng moste rewarde regard
Dugdale-monasticonOn hors on and fote/ hauyng moste rewarde regard
Dugdale-1718On hors on and fote/ hauyng moste rewarde regard
Dugdale-1818On hors on and fote/ hauyng moste rewarde regard
 

To lucre & wynnynge / as I vndurstonde

SeldenTo lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde vndirstond
LansdowneTo lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde vndirstonde
TottelTo lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde vnderstond.
Dugdale-1658To lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde understond,
Dugdale-monasticonTo lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde understond,
Dugdale-1718To lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde understond;
Dugdale-1818To lucre & wynnynge/ as I vndurstonde understond,
 

But now to daunce / ȝe mote ȝeue me ȝowre honde

SeldenBut now to daunce/ ȝe mote ȝeue me ȝowre ȝoure honde
LansdowneBut now to daunce/ ȝe mote thou most ȝeue me ȝowre thyn honde
TottelBut now to daunce/ ȝe mote ȝeue geue me ȝowre your honde
Dugdale-1658But now to daunce/ ȝe you mote ȝeue give me ȝowre your honde
Dugdale-monasticonBut now to daunce/ ȝe you mote ȝeue give me ȝowre your honde
Dugdale-1718But now to daunce/ ȝe you mote ȝeue give me ȝowre your honde
Dugdale-1818But now to daunce/ ȝe you mote ȝeue give me ȝowre your honde
 

For al ȝowre laboure / ful litel a-vaileth now

SeldenFor al ȝowre ȝoure laboure/ ful litel a vaileth now availeth ȝow
LansdowneFor al ȝowre thyn old laboure/ ful litel a vaileth wher is it be come now
TottelFor al ȝowre your laboure/ ful litel a vaileth litle auayleth now
Dugdale-1658For al ȝowre your laboure/ ful litel a vaileth litle avayleth now
Dugdale-monasticonFor al ȝowre your laboure/ ful litel a vaileth litle avayleth now
Dugdale-1718For al ȝowre your laboure/ ful litel a vaileth little avayleth now
Dugdale-1818For al ȝowre your laboure/ ful litel a vaileth litle avayleth now
 

A-dieu veyneglorie / bothe of fre and bonde

SeldenA dieu veyneglorie/ veinglorie/ bothe of fre and bonde
LansdowneA dieu veyneglorie/ veynglorie/ bothe of fre and bonde
TottelA dieu veyneglorie/ Adue vaynglory, bothe of fre and bonde
Dugdale-1658A dieu veyneglorie/ Adue vaynglory bothe of fre and bonde
Dugdale-monasticonA dieu veyneglorie/ Adue vainglory bothe of fre and bonde
Dugdale-1718A dieu veyneglorie/ Adue vainglory bothe of fre and bonde
Dugdale-1818A dieu veyneglorie/ Adue vainglory bothe of fre and bonde
 

No[ne] more coueite / than thei that haue ynow.

SeldenNo[ne] No more coueite/ than thei that haue ynow.
LansdowneNo[ne] more coueite/ coveitith/ than thei he that haue ynow. hath I now.
TottelNo[ne] more coueite/ than then thei that haue ynow.
Dugdale-1658No[ne] more coueite/ than covet then thei that haue ynow. ynough.
Dugdale-monasticonNo[ne] more coueite/ than covet then thei that haue ynow. ynough.
Dugdale-1718No[ne] more coueite/ covet than thei that haue ynow. ynough.
Dugdale-1818No[ne] more coueite/ than covet then thei that haue ynow. ynough.

The merchant

 

The Marchaunte answereth

SeldenThe Marchaunte answereth answeriþ
LansdowneThe Marchaunte answereth Responsum
TottelThe Marchaunte answereth maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Marchaunte answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Marchaunte answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Marchaunte answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Marchaunte answereth maketh aunswer.
 

Be many an hille / and many [a] straunge vale

SeldenBe By many an hille/ and many [a] straunge vale
LansdowneBe Bi many an hille/ and many [a] straunge strong[e] vale
TottelBe BY many an hille/ and many [a] straunge strong[e] vale
Dugdale-1658Be BY many an a hille/ and many [a] straunge strong vale
Dugdale-monasticonBe BY many an a hille/ and many [a] straunge strong vale
Dugdale-1718Be By many an a hille/ and many [a] straunge strong vale
Dugdale-1818Be By many an a hille/ and many [a] straunge strong vale
 

I haue trauailed / with my marchaundise

SeldenI haue trauailed/ traueilid/ with my marchaundise
LansdowneI haue trauailed/ travailid/ with my marchaundise
TottelI haue trauailed/ with my many marchaundise
Dugdale-1658I haue trauailed/ with my many marchaundise
Dugdale-monasticonI haue trauailed/ with my many marchaundise
Dugdale-1718I haue trauailed/ with my many marchaundise
Dugdale-1818I haue trauailed/ with my many marchaundise
 

Ouer the see / do carye many a bale

LansdowneOuer the see/ do carye Bi straunge seeis/ carried many a bale
TottelOuer the see/ do sea downe carye many a bale
Dugdale-1658Ouer the see/ do sea downe carye many a bale
Dugdale-monasticonOuer the see/ do sea down carye many a bale
Dugdale-1718Ouer the see/ do sea down carye many a bale
Dugdale-1818Ouer the see/ do sea down carye many a bale
 

To sundri Iles / mo than I can deuyse

LansdowneTo sundri sondri Iles/ mo more than I can deuyse
TottelTo sundri sondrye Iles/ mo more than I can deuyse
Dugdale-1658To sundri sondry Iles/ mo than more then I can deuyse
Dugdale-monasticonTo sundri sondry Iles/ mo than more then I can deuyse
Dugdale-1718To sundri Iles/ mo than sondry Isles more then I can deuyse
Dugdale-1818To sundri sondry Iles/ mo than more then I can deuyse
 

Myn herte inwarde / ai frette with couetise

SeldenMyn My herte inwarde/ ai frette with couetise
LansdowneMyn herte inwarde/ ai in ward/ evir frette with couetise
TottelMyn herte heart inwarde/ ai frette with couetise
Dugdale-1658Myn herte heart inwarde/ ai frette fretteth with couetise
Dugdale-monasticonMyn herte heart inwarde/ ai frette fretteth with couetise
Dugdale-1718Myn herte heart inwarde/ ai frette fretteth with couetise
Dugdale-1818Myn herte heart inwarde/ ai frette fretteth with couetise
 

But al for nowght / now dethe [dothe] me constreyne

SeldenBut al for nowght/ nouȝt/ now dethe [dothe] doiþ me constreyne
LansdowneBut al for nowght/ now nouht/ dethe [dothe] me constreyne
TottelBut al for nowght/ nought, now dethe me [dothe] me constreyne
Dugdale-1658But al for nowght/ nought now dethe death [dothe] me constreyne
Dugdale-monasticonBut al for nowght/ nought now dethe death [dothe] me constreyne
Dugdale-1718But al for nowght/ nought now dethe death [dothe] me constreyne
Dugdale-1818But al for nowght/ nought now dethe death [dothe] me constreyne
 

Be whiche I seie / be recorde of the wise

SeldenBe whiche By wiche I seie/ be by recorde of the wise
LansdowneBe For whiche I seie/ be bi recorde of the wise
TottelBe For whiche I seie/ be se, by recorde of the wise
Dugdale-1658Be For whiche I seie/ be see by recorde of the wise
Dugdale-monasticonBe For whiche I seie/ be see by recorde of the wise
Dugdale-1718Be For whiche I seie/ be see by recorde of the wise
Dugdale-1818Be For whiche I seie/ be see by recorde of the wise
 

Who al embraceth / litel schal restreyne.

SeldenWho al embraceth/ litel schal shal restreyne.
LansdowneWho al embraceth/ litel schal enbracith/ he lityl shal restreyne.
TottelWho al embraceth/ litel schal restreyne. litle shall restrayne.*
Dugdale-1658Who al embraceth/ litel schal restreyne. litle shal constreine.
Dugdale-monasticonWho al embraceth/ litel schal restreyne. litle shal constrein.
Dugdale-1718Who al embraceth/ litel schal restreyne. little shal constrein.
Dugdale-1818Who al embraceth/ litel schal restreyne. litle shal constrein.

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