Clerk and Hermit

Clerk & hermit
Guy Marchant, Clerk and hermit

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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.

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Death to the clerk

 

Dethe to the Clerke

TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Yong Clerke
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the yong Clerke
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the young Clerke
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the young Clerke
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the young Clerke
 

O ȝe [Sir] Clerke suppose ȝe to be fre

 

Fro my daunce / or ȝowre selfe defende

SeldenFro my daunce/ or ȝowre ȝoure selfe defende
TottelFro my daunce/ or ȝowre your selfe defende
Dugdale-1658Fro my daunce/ or ȝowre your selfe defende
Dugdale-monasticonFro my daunce/ or ȝowre your selfe defende
Dugdale-1718Fro my daunce/ or ȝowre selfe yourselfe defende
Dugdale-1818Fro my daunce/ or ȝowre your selfe defende
 

That wende haue risen / vn-to hye degre

TottelThat wende haue risen/ vn to hye vnto high degre
Dugdale-1658That wende haue risen/ vn to hye unto high degre
Dugdale-monasticonThat wende haue risen/ vn to hye unto high degre
Dugdale-1718That wende haue risen/ vn to hye unto high degre
Dugdale-1818That wende haue risen/ vn to hye unto high degre
 

Of benefices / or somme grete prebende

TottelOf benefices/ benefice or somme grete great prebende
Dugdale-1658Of benefices/ Benefice or somme grete great prebende
Dugdale-monasticonOf benefices/ Benefice or somme grete great prebende
Dugdale-1718Of benefices/ Benefice or somme grete great prebende
Dugdale-1818Of benefices/ Benefice or somme grete great prebende
 

Who clymbeth hyest / somme-tyme shal dessende

SeldenWho clymbeth hyest/ somme tyme shal dessende dissende
TottelWho clymbeth hyest/ somme tyme highest sometime shal dessende descend.
Dugdale-1658Who clymbeth hyest/ somme tyme highest sometime shal dessende dscend,
Dugdale-monasticonWho clymbeth hyest/ somme tyme highest sometime shal dessende descend,
Dugdale-1718Who clymbeth hyest/ somme tyme highest sometime shal dessende descend,
Dugdale-1818Who clymbeth hyest/ somme tyme highest, sometime shal dessende descend,
 

Lete no man grucche / a-ȝens his fortune

SeldenLete Lat no man grucche/ a ȝens aȝens his fortune
TottelLete no man grucche/ a ȝens grutche ayeines* his fortune
Dugdale-1658Lete no man grucche/ a ȝens grutch against his fortune
Dugdale-monasticonLete no man grucche/ a ȝens grutch against his fortune
Dugdale-1718Lete no man grucche/ a ȝens grutch against his fortune
Dugdale-1818Lete no man grucche/ a ȝens grutch against his fortune
 

But take yn gre / what [euer god] hym sende

TottelBut take yn at gre/ what [euer god] hym sende
Dugdale-1658But take yn at gre/ what [euer whatever god] hym sende
Dugdale-monasticonBut take yn at gre/ what [euer whatever god] hym sende
Dugdale-1718But take yn at gre/ what [euer whatever god] hym sende
Dugdale-1818But take yn at gre/ what [euer whatever god] hym sende
 

Whiche punyssheth / al whan tyme is oportune.

SeldenWhiche punyssheth/ Wiche ponissheth al whan tyme is oportune.
TottelWhiche punyssheth/ al whan when tyme is oportune.
Dugdale-1658Whiche punyssheth/ al whan when tyme is oportune.
Dugdale-monasticonWhiche punyssheth/ al whan when tyme is oportune.
Dugdale-1718Whiche punyssheth/ al whan when tyme is oportune.
Dugdale-1818Whiche punyssheth/ al whan when tyme is oportune.

The clerk

 

The Clerke answereth

SeldenThe Clerke answereth aunswerith
TottelThe Clerke answereth maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Clerke answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Clerke answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Clerke answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Clerke answereth maketh aunswer.
 

Shal I that am / so ȝonge a Clerke now deye

TottelShal I that am/ so ȝonge a Clerke now deye die,
Dugdale-1658Shal I that am/ so ȝonge a Clerke now deye die,
Dugdale-monasticonShal I that am/ so ȝonge a Clerke now deye die,
Dugdale-1718Shal I that am/ so ȝonge a Clerke now deye die,
Dugdale-1818Shal I that am/ so ȝonge a Clerke now deye die,
 

Fro my seruyse / and haue no bette guerdoun

SeldenFro my seruyse/ seruice/ and haue no bette bettir guerdoun
TottelFro my seruyse/ seruice and haue no bette guerdoun guerdon?
Dugdale-1658Fro Of my seruyse/ service and haue no bette guerdoun better guerdon
Dugdale-monasticonFro Of my seruyse/ service and haue no bette guerdoun better guerdon,
Dugdale-1718Fro Of my seruyse/ service and haue no bette guerdoun better guerdon,
Dugdale-1818Fro Of my seruyse/ service and haue no bette guerdoun better guerdon,
 

Is there no geyne / ne noon better weye

SeldenIs there no geyne/ ne noon better no bettir weye
TottelIs there no geyne/ gayn[e] ne noon no better weye way,
Dugdale-1658Is there no geyne/ gayn ne noon no better weye way,
Dugdale-monasticonIs there no geyne/ gayn ne noon no better weye way,
Dugdale-1718Is there no geyne/ gayn ne noon no better weye way,
Dugdale-1818Is there no geyne/ gayn ne noon no better weye way,
 

No sure fraunchise / ne proteccioun

TottelNo sure seurer* fraunchise/ ne proteccioun nor proteccion?
Dugdale-1658No sure better fraunchise/ ne proteccioun nor protection?
Dugdale-monasticonNo sure better fraunchise/ ne proteccioun nor protection?
Dugdale-1718No sure better fraunchise/ ne proteccioun no protection?
Dugdale-1818No sure better fraunchise/ ne proteccioun nor protection?
 

Dethe maketh al weie / a short conclusioun

SeldenDethe maketh al weie/ makith alweie/ a short conclusioun
TottelDethe Death maketh al weie/ alway a short conclusioun conclusion;
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death maketh al weie/ alway a short conclusioun conclusion,
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death maketh al weie/ alway a short conclusioun conclusion,
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death maketh al weie/ alway a short conclusioun conclusion,
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death maketh al weie/ alway a short conclusioun conclusion,
 

To late ware / whan men ben on the brynke

TottelTo late ware/ whan when men ben on the brynke
Dugdale-1658To late ware/ whan when men ben be on the brynke
Dugdale-monasticonTo late ware/ whan when men ben be on the brynke
Dugdale-1718To late ware/ whan when men ben be on the brynke
Dugdale-1818To late ware/ whan when men ben be on the brynke
 

The worlde shal faile / and al possessioun

TottelThe worlde shal faile/ and al possessioun possession;
Dugdale-1658The worlde shal faile/ and al possessioun possession,
Dugdale-monasticonThe worlde shal faile/ and al possessioun possession,
Dugdale-1718The worlde shal faile/ and al possessioun possession,
Dugdale-1818The worlde shal faile/ and al possessioun possession,
 

For moche faileth / of thynge that foles thynke.

TottelFor moche much faileth/ of thynge that foles thynke.
Dugdale-1658For moche much faileth/ of thynge that foles folkes thynke.
Dugdale-monasticonFor moche much faileth/ of thynge that foles folkes thynke.
Dugdale-1718For moche much faileth/ of thynge that foles folkes thynke.
Dugdale-1818For moche much faileth/ of thynge that foles folkes thynke.

Death to the hermit

 

Dethe to the Ermyte

SeldenDethe to the Ermyte Hermyte
LansdowneDethe to the Ermyte Heremita
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite.
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermit.
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite.
 

Ȝe that haue lyued / longe yn wildernesse

LansdowneȜe that haue lyued/ longe yn wildernesse wildirnesse
 

And there contynued / longe yn abstynence

LansdowneAnd there contynued/ longe yn abstynence
 

Atte laste ȝitte / ȝe mote ȝow dresse

SeldenAtte þe laste ȝitte/ ȝet ȝe mote ȝow dresse
LansdowneAtte laste ȝitte/ Tyme is come/ that ȝe mote ȝow dresse
TottelAtte the laste ȝitte/ yet ȝe mote ȝow you dresse
Dugdale-1658Atte the laste ȝitte/ yet ȝe mote ȝow you dresse
Dugdale-monasticonAtte the laste ȝitte/ yet ȝe mote ȝow you dresse
Dugdale-1718Atte the laste ȝitte/ yet ȝe mote ȝow ye dresse
Dugdale-1818Atte the laste ȝitte/ yet ȝe mote ȝow you dresse
 

Of my daunce / to haue experience

LansdowneOf my daunce/ to haue experience thexperience
 

For ther-aȝeyne / is no resistence

SeldenFor ther aȝeyne/ is no resistence recistence
LansdowneFor ther aȝeyne/ a geyns/ is no resistence
TottelFor ther aȝeyne/ is against may be* no resistence
Dugdale-1658For ther aȝeyne/ against is no resistence resistance,
Dugdale-monasticonFor ther aȝeyne/ against is no resistence resistance,
Dugdale-1718For ther aȝeyne/ against is no resistence resistance,
Dugdale-1818For ther aȝeyne/ against is no resistence resistance,
 

Take now leue / of thyn Ermytage

LansdowneTake now leue/ of thyn Ermytage her[m]itage
TottelTake now leue/ leaue of thyn Ermytage hermitage:
Dugdale-1658Take now leue/ leave of thyn Ermytage Hermitage,
Dugdale-monasticonTake now leue/ leave of thyn Ermytage Hermitage,
Dugdale-1718Take now leue/ leave of thyn Ermytage this Hermitage,
Dugdale-1818Take now leue/ leave of thyn Ermytage Hermitage,
 

Where-fore eche man / aduerte this sentence

SeldenWhere fore Wherfore eche man/ aduerte this sentence
LansdowneWhere fore eche man/ aduerte advertise this sentence
TottelWhere fore eche W[h]erfore yche* man/ aduerte to this sentence
Dugdale-1658Where fore eche Werfore every man/ aduerte to this sentence
Dugdale-monasticonWhere fore eche Werfore every man/ aduerte to this sentence
Dugdale-1718Where fore eche Wherefore every man/ aduerte to this sentence
Dugdale-1818Where fore eche Werfore every man/ aduerte to this sentence
 

That this life here / is no sure Eritage.

SeldenThat this life here/ is no sure Eritage. heritage
LansdowneThat this life here/ is no sure Eritage. but a pylgrymage.
TottelThat [in] this life here/ is no sure Eritage. heritage.
Dugdale-1658That this life here/ is no sure Eritage. heritage.
Dugdale-monasticonThat this life here/ is no sure Eritage. heritage.
Dugdale-1718That this life here/ is no sure Eritage. Heritage.
Dugdale-1818That this life here/ is no sure Eritage. heritage.

The hermit

 

The Ermyte answereth

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

LIfe yn deserte / callid solitarie

TottelLIfe TO liue yn deserte/ callid called solitarie
Dugdale-1658LIfe TO live yn deserte/ callid called solitarie
Dugdale-monasticonLIfe TO live yn deserte/ callid called solitarie
Dugdale-1718LIfe To live yn deserte/ callid called solitarie
Dugdale-1818LIfe To live yn deserte/ callid called solitarie
 

Mai a-ȝeyne dethe / haue respite noon ne space

SeldenMai a ȝeyne aȝein dethe/ haue no respite noon ne space
LansdowneMai a ȝeyne geyns dethe/ haue no respite noon ne nor space
TottelMai a ȝeyne dethe/ again Death haue respite noon ne nor space
Dugdale-1658Mai a ȝeyne dethe/ again death haue respite noon ne nor space
Dugdale-monasticonMai a ȝeyne dethe/ again death haue respite noon ne nor space
Dugdale-1718Mai a ȝeyne dethe/ again Death haue respite noon ne for space
Dugdale-1818Mai a ȝeyne dethe/ again death haue respite noon ne nor space
 

Atte vnsette owre / his comyng dothe not tarie

SeldenAtte vnsette owre/ our/ his comyng dothe not tarie
LansdowneAtte vnsette owre/ howr/ his comyng dothe not nat tarie
TottelAtte vnsette owre/ houre his comyng dothe not tarie
Dugdale-1658Atte vnsette owre/ houre his comyng dothe not tarie
Dugdale-monasticonAtte vnsette owre/ houre his comyng dothe not tarie
Dugdale-1718Atte vnsette owre/ hour his comyng comin dothe not tarie
Dugdale-1818Atte vnsette owre/ houre his comyng dothe not tarie
 

And for my parte / welcome be goddes grace

LansdowneAnd for my parte/ welcome be goddes goddis grace
TottelAnd for my parte/ welcome be by goddes grace
Dugdale-1658And for my parte/ welcome be by goddes grace
Dugdale-monasticonAnd for my parte/ welcome be by goddes grace
Dugdale-1718And for my parte/ welcome be by goddes grace
Dugdale-1818And for my parte/ welcome be by goddes grace
 

Thankyng hym / with humble chere & face

SeldenThankyng Thonkyng hym/ with humble chere & face
LansdowneThankyng hym/ my lord/ with humble chere & face
 

Of al his ȝiftes / and grete habundaunce

SeldenOf al his ȝiftes/ and grete habundaunce habondaunce
LansdowneOf al his ȝiftes/ and grete habundaunce yiftis/ such as I have assayed
TottelOf al his ȝiftes/ giftes and grete habundaunce great haboundaunce,
Dugdale-1658Of al his ȝiftes/ gifts and grete habundaunce great haboundance,
Dugdale-monasticonOf al his ȝiftes/ gifts and grete habundaunce great haboundance,
Dugdale-1718Of al his ȝiftes/ gifts and grete habundaunce great haboundance,
Dugdale-1818Of al his ȝiftes/ gifts and grete habundaunce great haboundance,
 

Fynalli affermyng / yn this place

TottelFynalli affermyng/ affirmyng yn this place
Dugdale-1658Fynalli affermyng/ affirming yn this place
Dugdale-monasticonFynalli affermyng/ affirming yn this place
Dugdale-1718Fynalli affermyng/ affirming yn this place
Dugdale-1818Fynalli affermyng/ affirming yn this place
 

No man is riche / that lacketh suffisaunce.

SeldenNo man is riche/ that lacketh lackith suffisaunce.
LansdowneNo man is riche/ but he that lacketh suffisaunce. halt hym payed.
TottelNo man is riche/ that lacketh suffisaunce. suffraunce.
Dugdale-1658No man is riche/ that lacketh suffisaunce. sufferance.
Dugdale-monasticonNo man is riche/ that lacketh suffisaunce. sufferance.
Dugdale-1718No man is riche/ that lacketh suffisaunce. sufferance.
Dugdale-1818No man is riche/ that lacketh suffisaunce. sufferance.

Death

 

Dethe a-ȝen to the Ermyte

SeldenDethe a ȝen aȝein to the Ermyte Hermite
TottelDethe a ȝen Death speaketh agayn to the Ermyte Hermite.
Dugdale-1658Dethe a ȝen Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite again.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe a ȝen Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite again.
Dugdale-1718Dethe a ȝen Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermit again.
Dugdale-1818Dethe a ȝen Death speaketh to the Ermyte Hermite again.
 

That is welle seyde / & thus shulde euery wight

SeldenThat is welle seyde/ & thus shulde euery wight wiȝt
TottelThat is welle seyde/ sayd, & thus shulde should euery wight
Dugdale-1658That is welle seyde/ said, & thus shulde should euery wight
Dugdale-monasticonThat is welle seyde/ said, & thus shulde should euery wight
Dugdale-1718That is welle seyde/ said, & thus shulde should euery wight
Dugdale-1818That is welle seyde/ said, & thus shulde should euery wight
 

Thanke his god / and al his wittes dresse

SeldenThanke his god/ and al his wittes wittis dresse
TottelThanke Thanken his god/ and al his wittes dresse
Dugdale-1658Thanke Thanken his god/ and al his wittes dresse
Dugdale-monasticonThanke Thanken his god/ and al his wittes dresse
Dugdale-1718Thanke Thanken his god/ and al his wittes always dresse
Dugdale-1818Thanke Thanken his god/ and al his wittes dresse
 

To loue and drede hym / with al his herte & myght

SeldenTo loue and drede hym/ with al his herte & myght myȝt
TottelTo loue and drede dread hym/ with al his herte heart & myght
Dugdale-1658To loue and drede hym/ with al his herte heart & myght
Dugdale-monasticonTo loue and drede hym/ with al his herte heart & myght
Dugdale-1718To loue and drede dread hym/ with al his herte heart & myght
Dugdale-1818To loue and drede hym/ with al his herte heart & myght
 

Setth dethe to a-scape / mai be no sekernesse

SeldenSetth dethe to a scape/ ascape/ mai be no sekernesse sikernesse
TottelSetth dethe Sith Death to a scape/ escape mai be no sekernesse sikernes.
Dugdale-1658Setth dethe Sith death to a scape/ escape mai be no sekernesse sikerness.
Dugdale-monasticonSetth dethe Sith death to a scape/ escape mai be no sekernesse sikerness.
Dugdale-1718Setth dethe Since death to a scape/ escape mai be no sekernesse likerness.
Dugdale-1818Setth dethe Sith death to a scape/ escape mai be no sekernesse sikerness.
 

As men deserue / god quytte of rightwisnesse

SeldenAs men deserue/ god quytte of rightwisnesse riȝtwisnesse
TottelAs men deserue/ god quytte quiteth of rightwisnesse
Dugdale-1658As men deserue/ god quytte quiteth of rightwisnesse
Dugdale-monasticonAs men deserue/ god quytte quiteth of rightwisnesse
Dugdale-1718As men deserue/ god quytte quiteth of rightwisnesse
Dugdale-1818As men deserue/ god quytte quiteth of rightwisnesse
 

To riche and pore / vp-on eueri side

SeldenTo riche and pore/ vp on vppon eueri side
TottelTo riche and pore/ vp on vpon eueri side
Dugdale-1658To riche and pore/ vp on upon eueri side
Dugdale-monasticonTo riche and pore/ vp on upon eueri side
Dugdale-1718To riche and pore/ vp on upon eueri side
Dugdale-1818To riche and pore/ vp on upon eueri side
 

A better lessoun / ther can no Clerke expresse

SeldenA better bettir lessoun/ ther can no Clerke expresse
TottelA better lessoun/ lesson ther can no Clerke expresse
Dugdale-1658A better lessoun/ lesson ther can no Clerke expresse
Dugdale-monasticonA better lessoun/ lesson ther can no Clerke expresse
Dugdale-1718A better lessoun/ lesson ther can no Clerke expresse
Dugdale-1818A better lessoun/ lesson ther can no Clerke expresse
 

Than til to morowe / is no man sure to a-bide.

SeldenThan til to morowe/ morwe/ is no man sure to a bide. abide
TottelThan til to morowe/ is no man sure to a bide. abide.
Dugdale-1658Than til to morowe/ is no man sure to a bide. abide.
Dugdale-monasticonThan til to morowe/ is no man sure to a bide. abide.
Dugdale-1718Than til to morowe/ tomorrow is no man sure to a bide. abide.
Dugdale-1818Than til to morowe/ is no man sure to a bide. abide.

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