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For God is lord of all thing / As prophets tellen I-mene
‘Great Cato’ — 644 lines in quatrains
Note: Latin, French and English versions of each distich following one another.
Author(s): Cato
Subjects: precepts
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin, French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 310rc-314rb
First Lines:
ffor god is lord of alle þing
As prophetes tellen i mene
þou schalt him in werk honoure
And wiþ þi þouȝtes clene…
Last Lines:
…Alle þat reden and wolle recorden
þis smale techinges bi dene
God hem graunte þorw his grace
Of heore sunnes be clene Amen.
Note: Interspersed with Latin and French verse; written in half-lines.
Attributed Title: Incipit liber catonis (f. 310rb)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Goldberg, Max Otto. Die Catonischen Distichen…. Leipzig: Joachim & Jüstel, 1883: 15-24.
Goldberg, Max Otto. “Ein englischer Cato.” Anglia 7 (1884): 165-77: 169-77.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 562-609.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 119va-123ra
First Lines:
ffor god is lord of alle þing
As prophetes tellen I mene
Þou schalt hym in werk honoure
And wiþ þi þouhtes clene…
Last Lines:
…Alle þat reden & wollen recorden
Þis smale techyng bi dene
God hem graunt þorwh his grace
Of heore synnes be clene Amen
Attributed Title: Here endeþ Catoun (f. 123ra, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.