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DIMEV 1383
For right as poverty causeth soberness
Moral and logical argument against awarding high estate to men of low degree — one eight-line stanza
Subjects: advice, to princes
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 5 [olim Phillipps 8192], f. 193vb
Transcription:
ffor Right as pouerte causith soubrenes
And feblenes enforseth continence
Right so prosperite & wilfulnes
The modre been of vice & negligence
And power also causeth Insolence
And often honur chuseth gode thewes
Ther is no more perillous pestilence
Than hye Astate yeven vnto shrewes
Note: Added to blank page at end of volume; immediately follows 4354.