Lest happeli thei had had no grace to hold harlatri in
For they are ticle of her tonges & must al secretes tel
Among monks I myght be and mani tyme I shamen
¶ Among Monkes I myȝte be . ac many tyme I shonye itW.5.170: W alone reads it, which is omitted by other B witnesses.
¶ Among Monkes I miȝte be · and many tyme I shonye
A-mongis Munkis y myghte be / but ofte þanne y wonde.F.5.170: A corrupt or confusing exemplar may account for F's reading. He omits the following line from Bx and revises the b-verse of this one. The immediate scribe wrote the present b-verse over an erasure in a different ink.
Bx reads as follows:
Among Monkes I myȝte be ac many tyme I shonye
For þere ben manye felle frekes my feeris to aspie.