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All women have vertues noble & excelent

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 1    # All women have vertues noble & excelent
2    Who can per{p+}ceyve that / they do offend
3    dayly / they ser{{s}8}ve god with{w+t+} good intent
4    Seldome / they dysplease there husbandes{es} to theyr lyves end
5    Always / to plese them they do in
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6    neuer{u’} / man may fynd in them srewdnes {shrewdness}
7    comonly / suche condycyons they haue more & lese

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 8    What man can per{p+}cyve that women be evyll
9    euer{u’}y man that hathe wytt . gretly wyll them{_e} prayse
10    ffor vyce : they Abhorre with{w+t+} all theyre wyll
11    prudence mer{m’}cy & pacyence ./.1 they vse always
12    ffoly wrathe & cruelte / they hate As men says
13    meknes {meekness} & all vertue . they prattyse euer
14    syn . to Avoyde vertues they do procure

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 15    Sum men speke muche evyll be women
16    truly . theyfore they be to blame
17    nothyng . A man may chekk in them
18    haboundantly . they haue of gra{gA}ce & good fame
19    Lakkyng . few vertues to A good name
20    in them fynd ye . All constantnes
21    they lak per{p+}de . all srewdnes {shrewdness} As I gese

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 fynys quod{q+d+} Richard Hattfield s

Notes & Glosses

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 1. This punctuation is “high dot—forward slash—low dot.”

Commentary

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Attributed to Richard Hattfield in the text, this poem was entered by H2. This poem’s first stanza appears in the Arundel-Harington Manuscript and in Cambridge MS Pepys 2553 as an anonymous Scottish poem and in the manuscripts of the Marquis of Bath, including Longleat 258.1 The version in the Devonshire Manuscript contains two additional stanzas that are unique to this manuscript (Hughey 1960, 209). Hattfield may have composed the additional stanzas. Depending on how one reads the punctuation and line breaks in this poem, the lyric can either describe the virtue of women or their wickedness.


9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 1. In the Longeat 258 manuscript, the poem appears alongside John Lydgate and Chaucer’s minor poems as well as other debates about women, including La Belle Dame sans Merci, The Assembly of Ladies, and The Heart and the Eye.

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