The nynth is swete to the soule , no suger is sweter
¶ The nynthe is swete to the saule · no sugre swetter
Þe nyneþe is swete forO.14.326: OC2 alone have for in place of to. þe soule no sugre swetter
¶ Þe nythe it isR.14.339: R's spelling, nythe, is unique among the B copies and may seem an obvious error of the simplest sort: inadvertent omission of a
nasal bar; but virtually all of the C manuscripts share this spelling of
nyneth Both MED, s. v.
ninthe, and OED2, s. v.
ninth and nineth, acknowledge the possibility of this
spelling of the ordinal in Middle English.R.14.339: Once more, R uniquely reads it
is where the other B witnesses have is. As in
earlier instances in this listing passage, however, though a few C
manuscripts agree with beta's simpler rendering, the vast majority supports R's reiterative
phrase. swete to þe soule no sugur is swettere .