Monk and usurer

Monk and usurer
Guy Marchant, Monk and usurer

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), 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 monk

Dethe to the Monk

Dethe to the Monk Mors ad Monachum
Trinity

Dethe to the Monk Death.
Vespasian

Dethe to the Monk Monialis
Lansdowne, Vossius

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

Sire monke also / with ȝowre blake abite

Sire monke also/ with ȝowre ȝoure blake abite habite
Selden, Trinity

Sire monke also/ with ȝowre Though ye be clothed in clothes blake abite
Vespasian

Sire monke also/ with ȝowre Thouh ye be barbid/ & claad in clothis blake abite
Lansdowne, Vossius

Sire monke also/ with ȝowre blake abite your blacke habite,
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ȝe mai no lenger / holde here soioure

Ȝe mai no lenger/ lengor holde here soioure soiorne
Trinity

Ȝe mai no lenger/ holde here soioure And chastely reseved the mantill and þe ring;
Vespasian

Ȝe mai no lenger/ holde here soioure Chastly receyued/ the mantil & the ryng
Lansdowne

Ȝe mai no lenger/ holde here soioure Chastly receyuid/ the mantil & the ryng
Vossius

Ȝe mai no lenger/ here holde here soioure
Dugdale-1718

Ther is no thinge / that mai ȝow here respite

Ther is no thinge/ that Ye mai ȝow here respite the coursse of nature not foresake,
Vespasian

Ther is no thinge/ that Ye mai ȝow here respite nat the cours/ of nature for sake
Lansdowne

Ther is no thinge/ that Ye mai ȝow here respite nat the coursse of nature forsake
Vossius

Ther is no thinge/ that mai ȝow you here respite
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Aȝeyn my myght / ȝow for to do socoure

Aȝeyn my myght/ myȝt/ ȝow for to do socoure
Selden

Aȝeyn Ageyne my myght/ ȝow for to do socoure
Trinity

Aȝeyn Come, daunce with other now at my myght/ ȝow for to do socoure commyng.
Vespasian

Aȝeyn To daunce with othir/ now at my myght/ ȝow for to do socoure comyng
Lansdowne, Vossius

Aȝeyn Agein my myght/ ȝow you for to do socoure succour;
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ȝe mote accounte / towchyng ȝowre laboure

Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre touching ȝoure laboure
Selden

Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre must accompt touchyng your laboure
Trinity

Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre laboure In this world here is no abidinge,
Vespasian

Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre laboure In this world/ is non abidyng
Lansdowne, Vossius

Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre accompt[e] touchyng your laboure
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

How ȝe haue spente hit / in dede worde & thowght

How ȝe haue spente hit/ it/ in dede worde & thowght þouȝt
Selden

How ȝe haue spente hit/ in worde dede worde & thowght þought
Trinity

How ȝe haue spente hit/ in dede worde & thowght Nether of mayden, widow, nor wiffe,
Vespasian

How ȝe haue spente hit/ in dede worde & thowght Nouthir of maide/ widewe nor wiff
Lansdowne

How ȝe haue spente hit/ in dede worde & thowght Nouther of mayde/ widwe nor wyff
Vossius

How ȝe haue spente hit/ spend it, in dede worde & thowght thought.
Tottel

How ȝe haue spente hit/ have spend it in dede worde & thowght thought
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

How ȝe haue spente hit/ you have s pend in dede worde & thowght and
Dugdale-1718

To erthe and asshes / turneth eueri floure

To erthe and asshes/ turneth turnyth eueri floure
Trinity

To erthe and asshes/ turneth eueri floure As ye may se clerely by writing;
Vespasian

To erthe and asshes/ turneth eueri floure As ye may seen/ heer cleerly bi wrytyng
Lansdowne

To erthe and asshes/ turneth eueri floure As ye may seyn here/ clerly be wrytyng
Vossius

To erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri floure
Tottel

To erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri every floure
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The life of man / is but a thynge of nowght.

The life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nouȝt
Selden

The life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nought
Trinity, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The life of man/ For against death is but a thynge of nowght. founde no preservitiffe.
Vespasian

The life of man/ That a geyns deth/ is but a thynge of nowght. founde no preseruatiff.
Lansdowne

The life of man/ That ageyns deth is but a thynge of nowght. founde no preseruatiff
Vossius

The monk

The Monk answereth

The Monk answereth answerith
Selden

The Monk answereth Responsio Monachi
Trinity

The Monk answereth Chastitie virginitie.
Vespasian

The Monk answereth Responsum
Lansdowne, Vossius

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

I had leuere / in [the] cloystre be

I had leuere/ in [the] cloystre cloyster be
Trinity

I had leuere/ in [the] cloystre be It helps not to stryve against nature,
Vespasian

I had leuere/ in [the] cloystre be It helpith nat/ to stryve a geyn nature
Lansdowne

I had leuere/ in [the] cloystre be It helpith nat/ to stryve agayn nature
Vossius

I had leuere/ leauer in [the] cloystre cloyster be
Tottel

I had leuere/ leaver in [the] cloystre cloyster be
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

I had leuere/ lever in [the] cloystre Cloyster be
Dugdale-1718

Atte my boke / and studie my seruice

Atte my boke/ and studie my seruice Namely when death beginnith to assayle;
Vespasian

Atte my boke/ and studie my seruice Namely whan deth/ bi gynneth tassaile
Lansdowne

Atte my boke/ and studie my seruice Namly whan deth/ begynneth to assayle
Vossius

Atte my boke/ and studie my seruice service,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Whiche is a place / contemplatif to se

Whiche Wiche is a place/ contemplatif to se
Selden

Whiche is a place/ contemplatif to se Wherefor I counsall every creature,
Vespasian

Whiche is a place/ contemplatif to se Wher fore I counseill euery creature
Lansdowne

Whiche is a place/ contemplatif to se Wherfore I consail/ euery creature
Vossius

But I haue spente / my life in many vise

But I haue spente/ my life in many vise vice
Selden

But I haue spente/ my life in many vise wyse
Trinity

But I haue spente/ my life in many vise To be redy against this fell battall.
Vespasian

But I haue spente/ my life in many vise To been redy/ a geyn this fel batayle
Lansdowne

But I haue spente/ my life in many vise To byn redy/ ageyns this fel bataile
Vossius

But I haue spente/ my life in many vise mony wyse,
Tottel

But I haue have spente/ my life in many vise mony wise,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Liche as a fole / dissolute and nyce

Liche Lyke as a fole/ dissolute and nyce nyse
Trinity

Liche as a fole/ dissolute and nyce Vertu ys surer then other plaite or mayle,
Vespasian

Liche as a fole/ dissolute and nyce Vertu is sewrer/ than othir plate or maile
Lansdowne

Liche as a fole/ dissolute and nyce Vertu is siwer than othir plate or mayle
Vossius

Liche Like as a fole/ dissolute and nyce
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

God of his merci / graunte me repentaunce

God of his merci/ graunte me repentaunce Nothing may help more at such a nede;
Vespasian

God of his merci/ graunte me repentaunce Also no thyng/ may helpe [more] at sich a nede
Lansdowne

God of his merci/ graunte me repentaunce Also nothyng/ may help at such ned
Vossius

Be chere owtewarde / harde to deuyce

Be By chere owtewarde/ outwarde/ harde (is) to deuyce deuise
Selden, Tottel

Be By chere owtewarde/ outward harde to deuyce deuyse
Trinity

Then to Be chere owtewarde/ harde to deuyce proved by diligent acquitaille,
Vespasian

Be chere owtewarde/ harde Than to deuyce provide/ a sur acquytaile
Lansdowne, Vossius

Be By chere owtewarde/ outward harde is to deuyce devise
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Al ben not meri / whiche that men seen daunce.

Al ben be not meri/ whiche wich that men seen se daunce.
Selden

Al ben not be nat meri/ whiche that men seen daunce.
Trinity

Al ben not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce. With hand of almes to love god & drede.
Vespasian

Al ben not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce. With the hand of almesse/ to love god & drede.
Lansdowne

Al ben not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce. With the hand of almasse/ to loue god & drede
Vossius

Al ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce.
Tottel

Al ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen see daunce.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Death to the usurer

Dethe to the Vsurere

Dethe to the Vsurere Mors ad Usurarium
Trinity

Dethe Death speaketh to the Vsurere Usurer.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Thow vserere loke vp & be-holde

Thow vserere Thou vsurer/ loke vp & be holde biholde
Selden

Thow vserere vsurer loke vp & be holde beholde
Trinity

Thow vserere THOU Vsurer, loke vp & be holde beholde,
Tottel

Thow vserere THou Usurer loke vp up & be holde behold,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Un to wynnynge / thow settest al thi peyne

Un Vn to wynnynge/ thow settest wynnygne/ þou settist al thi peyne
Selden

Un to wynnynge/ thow settest þou settyst al thi peyne
Trinity

Un to wynnynge/ thow that settest al thi peyne payne,
Tottel

Un to thy wynnynge/ thow thou settest al aye thi peyne paine
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Whose couetise / wexeth neuer colde

Whose couetise/ wexeth wexiþ neuer colde
Selden

Whose couetise/ wexeth waxeth neuer colde
Tottel

Whose couetise/ wexeth neuer covetise never waxeth colde
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Thi gredi thruste / so sore the dothe constreyne

Thi gredi thruste/ so sore the dothe constreyne constraine.
Tottel

Thi gredi thruste/ so sore doth the dothe constreyne
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

But thow shalt neuer / thi desire atteyne

But thow þou shalt neuer/ thi desire atteyne
Selden

But thow þou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne
Trinity

But thow thou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne attayne,
Tottel

But thow thou shalt neuer/ never to thi desire atteyne attayne,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Suche an etik / thyn herte frete shal

Suche an etik/ thyn þy herte frete shal
Trinity

Suche an etik/ thyn herte frete heart[e] freten shal
Tottel

Suche an etik/ thyn herte frete Etick thy heart freten shal
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

That but of pite / God his honde refreyne

That but of pite/ God his honde hande refreyne
Selden

But That but of pite/ God his honde hande refreyne
Trinity

But That but of pite/ pitie God his honde refreyne refraine,
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Oo parilous stroke / shal make the lese al.

Oo parilous perillous stroke/ shal make the lese al.
Selden

Oo parilous One perylous stroke/ shal make the lese al.
Trinity

Oo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal make the lese losen al.
Tottel

Oo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal will make the lese losen al.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The usurer

The Vsurere answereth

The Vsurere answereth answerith
Selden

The Vsurere answereth Responsio Usurarii
Trinity

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

Now me behoueth / sodeynly to dey

Now me behoueth/ bihoueth/ sodeynly to dey
Selden

Now me behoueth/ sodeynly sodenly to dey dy
Trinity

Now me behoueth/ sodeynly to dey dye,
Tottel

Now me behoueth/ behoveth sodeynly to dey dye,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Whiche is to me / grete peyne & grete greuaunce

Whiche Wiche is to me/ grete peyne & grete greuaunce grevaunce
Selden

Whiche is to me/ grete peyne & grete greuaunce
Trinity

Whiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete eke greuaunce
Tottel

Whiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete greuaunce eke grevance.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Socowre to fynde / I see no maner weie

Socowre Socour to fynde/ I see no maner weie
Selden, Trinity

Socowre Succour to fynde/ I see no maner weie way
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Of golde ne siluer / be no cheuisshaunce

Of golde ne siluer/ be by no cheuisshaunce chevesaunce
Selden

Of golde ne nor siluer/ be by no cheuisshaunce cheuysaunce
Trinity

Of golde ne nor siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce by none cheuisance;
Tottel

Of golde ne siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce nor silver by none chevisance.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Dethe thrugh his haste / a-bitte no puruiaunce

Dethe thrugh þoruȝ his haste/ a bitte no puruiaunce purveaunce
Selden

Dethe thrugh þorough his haste/ a bitte abydeþ no puruiaunce
Trinity

Dethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purueiance
Tottel

Dethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purveiance
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Of folkes blynde / that can not loke welle

Of folkes folke blynde/ that can not cannat loke welle
Trinity

Of folkes blynde/ that can not nought loke welle
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Ful ofte happeth / be kynde or fatal chaunce

Ful ofte happeth/ be happith/ by kynde or fatal chaunce
Selden

Ful ofte happeth/ be by kynde or & fatal chaunce chaunse
Trinity

Ful ofte happeth/ be by kynde or of fatal chaunce
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Somme haue feyre yȝen / that seen neuer adele.

Somme haue feyre yȝen/ faire eyȝen/ that seen see neuer adele.
Selden

Somme haue feyre yȝen/ fayre eyen that seen neuer adele.
Trinity, Tottel

Somme haue feyre yȝen/ have fayre eyen that seen neuer see never adele.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The poor man

The pore man to þe vsurere
Selden

The Poore Man boroweth of the Usurer.
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

Usure to god / is ful grete offence

Usure Vsure to god/ is ful grete offence
Selden

Usure And vsure to god/ is ful grete offence offense
Trinity

Usure VSURER to god/ is ful grete great offence
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

Usure Usurer to god/ is ful grete great offence
Dugdale-1718

And in his sight / a grete abusioun

And in his sight/ siȝt/ a grete abusioun
Selden

And in his sight/ a grete abusioun abusion
Trinity

And in his sight/ a grete abusioun great abusion;
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

The pore borweth / par cas for Indigence

The pore borweth/ borwith/ par cas for Indigence
Selden

The pore borweth/ par brougth per cas for Indigence
Trinity

The pore borweth/ par cas boroweth percase for Indigence
Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

The pore borweth/ par borroweth per cas for of Indigence
Dugdale-1718

The riche lent / be fals collucioun

The riche lent/ be by fals collucioun
Selden

The riche lent/ be by fals collucioun collusion
Trinity, Tottel, Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon

The riche lent/ be for fals collucioun collusion;
Dugdale-1718

The riche lent/ be lend by fals collucioun collusion,
Dugdale-1818

Onli for lucre / in his entencioun

Onli for lucre/ in his entencioun intencion
Trinity, Dugdale-1718

Onli Onely for lucre/ in his entencioun entencion.
Tottel

Onli Onely for lucre/ in his entencioun intencion.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

Dethe shal hem bothe / to accomptes fette

Dethe shal hem bothe/ to accomptes acountes fette
Selden

Dethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes accoumptes fette
Tottel

Dethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes fette
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

Dethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes fette set,
Dugdale-1718

To make rekennynge / be computacioun

To make rekennynge/ be by computacioun
Selden

To make rekennynge/ be computacioun by computacion
Trinity

To make rekennynge/ be computacioun reconing by computacion:
Tottel

To make rekennynge/ be computacioun reckoning by computacion,
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1718, Dugdale-1818

No man is quytte / that is be-hynde of dette.

No man is quytte/ that is be hynde bihinde of dette.
Selden

No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behynde of dette.
Trinity, Tottel

No, No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behind of dette.
Dugdale-1658, Dugdale-monasticon, Dugdale-1818

No, No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behind of dette. debte.
Dugdale-1718


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