To lyth the layes , tho louely fowles made ,
To lythe þe layes · the louely fowles made
To lythe þe layes þat þe foulesR.8.62: Beta reads þo louely foules; F has þe
Nytyngalis. Ax reads þat (þe) louely
foulis. made .
To lystne þe layȝes / þe Nytyngalis madenF.6.62: Bx reads for the b-verse: "þe louely foweles made," though R also omits the alliterating stave louely. That suggests that alpha had lost the alliterating word and that F had revised his defective exemplar. Cf. F's substitution
of larkys for foweles at 5.358.