For murtherers are many leches lorde hem amende .
¶ For mortherers er many leches · lord hem amende
Þer aren mo morareres þanR.6.278:
R's morareres is a nonce word, apparently meaning "killers, murderers."
The presence of moraynerys in F suggests that some version of the reading
was in alpha. Most beta witnesses have For morthereres aren mony leches as
their a-verse. The defective alliteration of both sub-archetypes suggests that Bx itself was corrupt here. The likeliest authorial reading for B is that of A: Þere arn mo liȝeris
þan lechis. leches lord hem amende .
Now are mo moraynerysF.5.928: moraynerys is a nonce word, apparently meaning "killers, murderers," formed from the noun murrein. R's morareres suggests that the reading was in alpha, though the R scribe failed to make sense of it. Most beta witnesses have "murþereris
are manye." þan lechis / oure lord hem amende.