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‘How the Good Wiif tauȝte Hir Douȝtir’ — in stanzas of 5 long lines with internal rhyme, generally with a concluding phrase ‘My leef child’; sometimes instead set out as 4-line stanzas without this concluding phrase
Note: Sometimes with an introduction of a few short lines; all texts show slight variations: for complete ed. and chart, see Mustanoja (1948), 18-19; for a garbled variant of this text see 3087.
Title(s): ‘How the Good Wiif tauȝte Hir Douȝtir’
Subjects: instruction, mother to daughter; children, instructions for behaviour of; manners, treatises on; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — five-line — aabbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Emmanuel College I.4.31 (106), ff. 48v-52
First Lines:
DOutter ȝif þou wilt ben a wif and wisliche to wirche
Loke þat þou louie ful wel god and holi chirche…
Last Lines:
…Of patriarches and prophetes þat euere weren on liue
here blessinge mote þou haue and wel mote þou þriue
Note: With introduction; 28 quatrains (aabb), each with rubric heading.
Attributed Title: þe gode wif tauhte hire doulter fele siche and ofte (f. 48v)
Editions:
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 211-213
First Lines:
the good wyfe taught hyr dowghtere
Many tymes and oft
A good woman to be
And seyd doughtyr dere…
Last Lines:
…Of all patryarkes & profetes þat euer weren on lyue
Her blessyng mot þu haue & well mot þu thryue
My leef Chylde
Note: With introduction of six short lines (abcaac); 32 stanzas, generally with concluding, ‘My leef child’.
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 102-112
First Lines:
THe good wyf tauȝte hir douȝtir
fful manye a tyme & ofte
A ful good womman to be
And Sende douȝtir to me dere
Sum good þou must lere…
Last Lines:
…The blessynge of god mote þou haue and of his modir briȝt
Of alle aungils & of alle archaungils And of alle holy wight
And þat þou mowe haue grace to wende þe wey ful riȝt
To þe blis of heuene þere sittiþ god almyȝt AMEN
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 36-47.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948.
Coulton, George Gordon. Social Life in Britain from the Conquest to the Reformation. Cambridge: at the UP, 1914: 446-51.
4.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 128 [olim Ashburnham 130], ff. 216v-219
First Lines:
DOughter ȝif þou wilt ben a wif & wiseliche werch
Loke þat þou loue well god & holy cherch
Go to cherch when þou mygth lette for no reyn
All þe day þou farest þe bette þat þou hast god yseyn…
Last Lines:
…[O]f patriarkes of prophetis þat euer were o lyue
Her blessyng mote þou haue & wele mote þou thryue
Note: With introduction of a few lines; ends, ‘Explicit expliciat ludere scriptor eat’ (f. 219).
Attributed Title: The goode wif thaught hir doughter fele tyme & ofte gode woman for to be (f. 216v)
Editions:
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948.
Hindley, Charles. The Old Book Collector’s Miscellany…. 2 vols. London: Reeves and Turner, 1871-73: 2.1.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 21499. Certaine Worthye Manuscript Poems of Great Antiquitie, ed. J. S[tow?], R. Robinson f. R. D[exter], 1597
Note: Later print, Edinburgh, 1812.
Editions:
Gibbs, Henry Hucks, ed. The Hystorie of the Moste Noble Knight Plasidas and other rare Pieces, from the Pepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Roxburghe Club. 96. London: J. B. Nichols and Sons, 1873: 163-71.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948.