That he ne worth furste auauncede for I am biknowen .
That he ne worthe fyrst auaunced for I am biknowen
That he ne worth first auanced · for I am biknowen
that he ne worth furst awauvnced for I am well knoen
Only the two alpha manuscripts here omit ne before the verb. The A version here agrees completely with beta. worth furst vaunsedR.3.33:
R's vaunsed is a unique form among the B witnesses
but dominates the X family of C. The P family tends to agree with the
F/beta reading, auaunced. As would be expected, MED, s. v.
vauncen, categorizes vaunsed as a clipped form derived
from the verb avauncen. Citations for this form are mostly from the
fifteenth century (but the passage from manuscript R is also cited as well as one from Robert
Manning). for ich am by-knowe .
Þat he worþF.4.34: Bx reads "That he ne worþ first auaunced . . . ." The negative was omitted in alpha. first a-vauncyd / for y am wel be-knowe.