What befel on this felowe , I can not fayre shewe
¶ What byfel of this feloun · y can nougth fayre ......schewe ·
¶ What bifel of þis felon I kan nouȝt faire schewe
What bifel of þis schreweO.5.485: OC2 alone have schrewe in place of a correctly alliterating word; most B manuscripts have feloun. I can not faire schewe
¶¶ What be-fel
of þis feloun I can nauȝt fareR.5.485:
This form is unique and Kane-Donaldson treat it as a possibly substantive variant, but it is
likelier to be merely an unusual spelling variation for standard faire
found in the other B witnesses, as well as in Ax.
Cf. MED, s. v.
fair (adj.), where this spelling is documented, sporadically, for c.
13-15. schewe .
¶ What be-fel of þis feloun / y can not faire shewe.F.5.478: The red ink appearing here is unintentional, a blot from the facing leaf.