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Lutel wot hit any mon / Hou derne loue may stonde: notes
London, British Library, Harley MS 2253, f. 128r-v

. Of . . . kunne:
literally 'out of every member of her family'---i.e. 'of her whole family'. Brook (1968) takes ende as a form of hende 'courteous'; but see Middle English Dictionary s.v. ende n. (1) 22b.

14. wo: MS who.

32-4. Ase fele . . . suete: similar images of multiplicity are used in The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. S. B. Meech, EETS 212 (1940), p. 252, where the number of the souls to be saved is compared to dropys of watyr, fres and salt . . . gresys growyng in al erthe . . . and . . . sterrys; both writers are probably drawing ultimately on earlier Latin rhetorical tradition.


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