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of the verb in Early Modern English. Both Roger Lass and Jenny Cheshire deal with the develop- ment of historically strong verbs. Lass discusses the amount of Varia- tion in the forms of the strong verb, using the evidence from the Helsinki Corpus, and concludes that reliance on the data even of a well- chosen corpus of written texts may not be used to devalidate the evi- dence and comments found in the contemporary grammarians, äs these had spoken data at their disposal, and Variation in Early Modern Eng- lish had a different scope to them than it can ever have to