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NIMEV TM 359
Do some good man in the life quell thou hast the mind
On the need to do good deeds — four lines
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 359; Ringler Jr. (1988) TP 351; cf. 1140 and 3356.
Subjects: advice
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3162
Transcription:
Do sum good man by thy lyffe
Whilis thow hast thy mynde
Thy children will for gete the sone
Thy wyffe will be vnkynd
Thy executoris be covytes
& take all that they fynde
Yff thow wilt not while thow may
They will bryng the behynde
Note: Following 3356.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 167.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 138.
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 259, f. 232v
First Lines:
Do sum gode man in þe lyve qwell þou hast þe mynd
Þe chylder well for ȝete þe sone þe wyf well wax vnkynd…
Last Lines:
…ffor yf þou well not wen þou may thay well breng þe be hend
Executorys bene full couytus þay take all at þa fynd
Note: Second stanza only, added to flyleaf.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and Claude Jenkins. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace. 2 vols. Cambridge, 1930-32: 405.