ly superseded the old one, although the latter is still found in Morte Darthnr and in Caxton's works.
In order to show the great prevalence of the D construction after 1400, I will give a number of instances dating from the first half of the 15th century.
Hoccleve, Reg. of Pr. 2348, he... to stint loth is.
Ibid. 4526, to doo so, pon woldest be ful loth.
Id. Minor P. III 318, But on the mom was wight of 110 degree So loth as / to twynne fro my coutche.
Ibid. III 426, I am ther-to ful loth.
Ibid. XXIV 378, to han sete on it (= the clooth) had she been looth.
St. Editha 2328, to leue hurre preyerus he was fulle lothe.
Lydgate, Reson & Sens. 2254, 1 am lothe toffende To yowe or hir.
Ibid. 5723, to departe... / was in herte wonder loth.
Id. Ass. of Gods 943, Long out of the felde lothe he was to abyde.
Ibid. 2092, the wey thedyrward to hold be we lothe.
La Tour Landry 155/12, She wolde haue lothed her.
Myr. of oure Ladye 222/8, She lothed and set at noughte all worldely rychesse and worship.
Generydes 2527, he was full loth so for to do.
Ibid. 3768, Not withstonding he will be loth ther too.
Ibid. 6344, Whanne it was day, though thei were netter so loth To Mounperson rideth Generides.
Ibid. 6744, Full lothe thei were to teil the certente.
Instr. for Par. Pr. 215, As dedly synne they schillen hyt lope.
Ibid. 1485, For to lene hast potv be loth?
72. The following passage is interesting; the word lothe is used in its original meaning, although the sentence looks as if it was an instance of the D type.
Bev. of Hamt. 2203, Manch. MS., Late hem come to me both, Or ellys, forsothe, l wol be lothe.
The second part of this sentence means; 'or else I shall be nasty, disagreeable; or else they 11 have a 1 ively time of it. or else I'll pay them out'.