Can I lye to do men laughe , than lachen I should
Couthe I lee to do men laughe · thane lacche I sholde
Coude I lye andR.13.236: R's and is an alpha variant; beta has to. Though C manuscript N also reads to,
showing its unique and typical deference to beta against all its versional siblings, Cx agrees with alpha. do men lawhe þanne lacchen I schulde
Cowhde y lyȝe / &F.10.231: Alpha reads &. Beta manuscripts have to. doon men lawhe / þan lacche sum y wolde.