The Notaries and ye noye the people
the notaries and ye · noythis þe pepyle
Þe notaries and ȝee nuyȝetR.2.88: Some beta copies and F
agree in reading noyen but beta itself probably read as LMHm, noyeth. Only R shows what appears to be a preterite form of the verb (but see
the Introduction III.2.2.10 regarding the
possibility of morphological ambiguity in R's verb-tense marking). In a similar version of
this line, Ax agrees with beta and F in using a present-tense
form. þe poeple .