But chest be þere charite shulde be · & ȝonge childern dorste pleyne
But cheste be þere charite . shulde be . and ȝyonge children durste pleyne
But chest be ther chariti shold be , & children durst pleine
But cheeste be þer charite sholde be . and yonge children dorste pleyne
but cheste be þere as charyte schulde be · & ȝong chyldryn durst playne
But chest be ther charite shol be · and childerne dorst pleyne
But chesteO.13.117: GYOC2 alone among beta witnesses lack be before þere. þere charite schulde . be & children durstenO.13.117: OC2 alone have dursten; most B manuscripts have dorste. pleyne
But cheste be þere charite schulde be R.13.112: R
uniquely splits this line in half.
But Cheeste with Charyte be / y chylle on ȝow pleyne.F.10.110: F has revised the line, especially the b-verse. Bx reads "But cheeste be þer charite sholde be and younge children dorste pleyne." R divides the line into two defective lines,
But cheste be þere charite schulde be
And ȝonge children durst pleyne.
F's revision is striking, since ych is the form of neither the immediate scribe nor the revisor we think responsible for the more substantial revisions in the
text. Obviously the form is motivated by the demands of alliteration, and it is perhaps not remarkable that an East Anglian
scribe should have known and used the doublet form.