In witnes of which thinge , Wronge was the fyrste
¶ In witnesse of whilch thyng · wrong þe firste
¶ In wytnesse of þisR.2.69:
For alpha's non-alliterating þis, beta properly reads which. Unfortunately, the problem appears to be, at some level, authorial rather than
merely scribal. That is, although Ax clearly agrees with beta in
alliterating this line on /w/ (using the exact same variants), Cx agrees
with alpha just as emphatically in ignoring the normal alliterative pattern. Russell-Kane
emend their C text back to the norm, but that seems pointlessly
meliorative. At the very least, the aforementioned variant array (which is fairly typical)
suggests a cavalier attitude toward such small metrical issues on the part of the C author. þing wronge was þe furste .
¶ In witnesse of þisF.3.109: The reading þis is owed to alpha. Beta reads which. þyng / wrong was þe firste.