fol. 6r (cont.)I
IF.3.1: The seven-line ornamental capital is red and green with flourishes in red to the top of the page. Covrbet ȝyt on my knees / & gradde hire of grace.
Þat bar þat blisful barn / þat bowhte vs on roode.F.3.3: A pointing hand appears in the right margin, added by a later hand.
& crowned she was with a crowne / þe kyng haþ no bettre.F.3.10: F omits the following line from Bx: "Fetisliche hire fyngres were fretted with gold wyr."
¶ But Sothnesse wolde nono[t] so / for she bore bastard.F.3.23: Bx reads "for she is a Bastard." F's revision creates a T-type b-verse.
Favel þoruh his false speche / þis folk ys enchauntyd.F.3.42: Bx reads ". . . haþ þis folk enchaunted." Cf. 16.376b for the same formula.
& manye oþir myster men / mo þan ben in myȝnde.F.3.62: This line appears only in F.
&F.3.69: Alpha is responsible for &. Beta manuscripts have Thei. assentide for syluer / to seyn / as boþe wolde.
¶ Þanne Symony & Cyvile / stoden forþ bothe.F.3.73: F omits the following line from Bx: "And vnfoldeþ þe feffement that Fals hath ymaked."
& þus by-gunne þo goomes / to gredyn ful hyȝe.F.3.74: "IIIus" is written with red flourishes in the top right margin to mark the passus number.
To Bakbyte & boste wel / & toF.3.82: An otiose curl appears over the <t>. beryn fals witnesse.
& to be bold & vn-buxumF.3.84: Alpha is responsible for the word order "bold & vn-buxum." Beta witnesses read "vnbuxome and bolde." / to breke þe ten hestys.
With þe Chastelet of Ieestys / & þe Iangelynge of synne.F.3.86: F's b-verse is unique. Beta manuscripts have "and chaterynge out of reson." R has "and chaterynge out of tyme."
Þere as wille wolde werke / ne were woo & drede.F.3.93: F's reading is unique. Bx reads "There as wil wolde and werkmanshipe fayleþ."
& in fastyngeF.3.97: A kind of reversed virgule appearing here is probably a slip of the pen. dayes to frete / er ful tyme weere.
& softe syttyn & sowpe / tyl sleepF.3.98: An otiose mark appears above the final <p>. gyn hym a-sayle.
& broode hym as aF.3.99: The a is owed to alpha. borghȝ swyn / & bedde hym on a bolstre.
¶ In witnesse of þisF.3.109: The reading þis is owed to alpha. Beta reads which. þyng / wrong was þe firste.
& Reygnold þe Reve / of RokelondeF.3.112: The reading Rokelonde is owed to alpha. Beta reads Rutland. sokene.
& asF.3.132: The reading as is owed to alpha. Beta reads was. a bastard y-bore / of Belzabubis kynne.
& myghte kyssen þe kyng / for kosyn & heF.3.134: Alpha preserves the he form for the third person singular feminine pronoun here. wolde.
Ȝyt be war of þeF.3.139: The reading þe is owed to alpha, though it is shared by GH. Beta omits it. weddyngge / for wytty is trewthe.
He wil be-slotereF.3.142: MED s.v. bislotered, cites only one other instance of this verb, which appears as a variant in Chaucer, CT Prol. (CmbGg) A.76. ȝoure sowlys / ful soure at þe laste.
F.3.143: A cropped red <x> appears in the left margin, a corrector's mark noting the error. ¶ Herto asentyd Cyvyle / but Cyvyle[Symonye] ne wolde.
F.3.145: A cropped red <x> appears in the left margin, possibly noting the failed alliteration in the preceding line. / [¶] Þanne fette Favel forþ / floreynys y-nowe.
Þat heF.3.149: The reading he is owed to alpha, though shared by L. Beta reads þei. may Meede a-Maystrye / & makyn at myn wille.
& kestyn a-wey care / & conforte sire false.F.3.152: The line is unique to F. Bx reads "And comen to conforten from care þe false."
For we have Meede a-Maystried / þorghF.3.155: The reading þorgh is owed to alpha, though shared by H. Beta reads wiþ. oure merye speche.
Iuggen it Iustelyche / in Ioye for euere.F.3.158: The following partially legible words were written in a secretary hand in the top margin: "he . . . / must no[t] in Redyng be to lyght." The top of the notation has been trimmed away.
To wenden with hym to westmenstre / to witnesse þeF.3.162: The reading þe is owed to alpha. Beta reads þis. dede.
Fals eyþirF.3.195: The reading eyþir is owed to alpha. Beta has synonymous or. Favel / or feerys of hise felachepe.
F.3.201: The scribe in his rubricating mode wrote what appears to be an <l> surrounded with marks rather like modern commas in the top margin immediately above the ampersand.& gooF.3.201: The reading goo may be unique in F. The margin of R is badly cropped and the beginning of the line lost, but oo appears. Beta reads To. tache þo tyrawntys / for ony thyng y hote.
¶ Fele spyceris spoke toF.3.227: The reading to is owed to alpha. Beta reads with. hym / to a-spyȝe here ware.
For he cowhde onF.3.228: The reading on is owed to alpha, though appearing also in Hm and Hm2. Beta reads of. here craft / & knew fele gummes.
& heelde hym half aF.3.230: The reading half a is owed to alpha, though shared by CrH. Beta reads an half. ȝeer / & elevene dayes.
& ys wolkome . whan he wille / with-owtyn ony daunnger.F.3.234: The b-verse is unique to F. Bx reads "and woneþ with hem ofte."
But trewþe to telle / she tremblede for feere.F.3.237: The reading feere is owed to alpha. Beta reads drede.
& alsoF.3.238: The reading also is owed to alpha. Beta reads ek. wepte & weylede / for she was a-tachid.
Explicit Passus Tercius.