And whan I may nouȝt haue þe maistrye · with malencolye I takeL.13.335: The spelling is ambiguous. Kane and Donaldson interpret the form as a past participle, and Schmidt takes it to be
a finite verb.
And whan I may nouȝt haue þe maistrie . ...suchM.13.332:M's altered reading agrees with WCRF, and with Hm also by correction. Most B manuscripts read wiþ. malencolie I take .
And whan I may not haue þe maistry , such melancholye I take
and whan y may nougth haue þe maystry · ....swichHm.13.332: As in M, swich is written over an erasure. malencolye y take
And whan I may nouȝt haue the maistrie · with malencolye I take
And whan I may nouȝt haue þe maystrie whichR.13.350: R's which is unique. F and some of the beta manuscripts
(CrWHm) read swich, while others (LGCO) have with. As
for M, the beta editor has "corrected" its reading (from the spacing it appears likely that
the original reading was with) to the WHm lection. Cx
attests suche, but Kane and Russell choose wiþ for
their edition of C, presumably on the basis of its being a "harder
reading." malencolye I take