Prouendreth persons and preistes meynteineth
Prouendres persons and prestes mainteneþ
He blisseth þes bisshopes and prestes am.eyntenetha m.eynteneth .R.3.141: R's phrasing in this line represents a unique compression of two lines from
Bx, apparently necessitated by textual loss in alpha since F also
improvises at this point. Beta, which here appears to reflect Bx better, reads:
She blesseth þise Bisshopes þeiȝe þey be lewed
and prestes meynteneth.
Nevertheless, when R and F witness an alpha variant in
this last half-line, with their inclusion of a reasserted pronoun (cf. F's & prestys she meynteneþ), they are presumably attesting Bx accurately since both the A and C versions agree on this point.