Rex glorie , The light soone sayd ,
Rex glorie · the lighte soon saide
What lord artow quod lucifer · quis est iste
Rex glorie þe liȝte seide þe lord of miȝt & of man & alle
maner vertues . Alpha obviously had a different
arrangement of text here from the beta witnesses, which read:
þe liȝte sone seide
And lorde of myȝte & of mayne & al manere
Dukes of þis dym place anon vndo þis ȝates.
By contrast, R makes two
lines of the passage, omits beta's sone before seide
(as does F) and, with W, reads ma(n) for beta's mayne
(F here reads man(er)e). F deviates from the line division found in R
(which presumably reflects alpha) and abbreviates the passage, omitting Dominus virtutum.
Þe Lyght seyde Rex eterne / þe lord of alle manere vertues. This passage in F is unique. Alpha had a different reading from the beta witnesses which read:
Rex glorie þe light soone seide
And lord of myght and of man and alle man(er)e v(er)tues . Dominus virtutum
Dukes of þis dymme place anoon vndo þise yates.
R makes two lines of the passage:
Rex glorie þe liȝte seide þe lord of miȝt and of man and alle maner vertues
Dominus virtutum . Duk of þis dym place anone vndo þis ȝates.
F rejects R's line division and abbreviates the passage, omitting "Dominus virtutum."