Though we kyl thys cate , yet shulde ther cum an other
Though we kulled the catte · yet schulde ther come another
thogh we kyllenG.1.184: Cr W Hm Y H also use the present tense of the verb "to kill." Remaining B manuscripts have either the preterite or the pluperfect. þe catt yet shall theyreG.1.184: Very residual <e> on theyre. come a-nother
Þouȝ we killedenO.P.175: O alone has the form killeden; variants include haddyn kyllyd (F), had Iculled (R), kylled (C2), kulled (CLM), killen (WHmG), and kylle (HYCr). þe cat ȝet schulde þer come an-oþer
¶ Þouȝ we had
In place of alpha's (had I-culled), beta
witnesses read either kulled (LMCO) or killen (CrWHmG).
The C version agrees on this reading with alpha. þe cat
yut schulde þere cum an-othere .
/ [¶] They we haddyn kyllyd þat Cat / ȝyt sholde þere come a-noþir.