Ac he þat spendeth his speche and spekeþ for þe pore
Ac he þat spendeþ his speche . and spekeþ for þe poore .
And he that spendeth hys speche & speaketh for þe pore
¶ Ac he þat spendeþ his speche . and spekeþ for þe pouere W.7.48:nota
¶ Ac he that spendethHm.7.48: The first four letters of spendeth are badly rubbed or partially erased. his speche · and speketh for the pouere
¶ And he þat spendes his speche · and spekes for þe pouere
but he þat spendythe hys speche & speykethe for þe powere
¶ Ac he þat spenethR.7.48:
R's speneth is a unique reading (the other B
manuscripts read spendeth); however, R's verb derived historically from
spende(n), is synonymous with it, and occurs in free variation with it
throughout R (cf. R10.109). From its sometimes parallel occurrence in L (as at KD10.90), the
form seems likely to be an authorial relict. A majority of C copies
agree with R's form here, as does the text of Bodley 851, but most A
manuscripts agree with beta. his speche and speketh for þe pore .