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DIMEV 139
IMEV 86
NIMEV 86
A philosopher a good clerk secular
Advice to an old gentleman who wished for a young wife, perhaps by Lydgate — seventy-two rhyme royal stanzas and Envoy of two 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate (?)
Subjects: envoys; advice; marriage, against
Versification: — seven-line, eight-line — ababbcc, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 45-51
First Lines:
A philisophre a good clerk seculer
had a frend þat sum what was aged…
Last Lines:
…farwel & worche as ferforthe as þou as þou dare
þat lif & godes take none abreggement
Note: Unique witness; advice of an old gentleman who wished for a young wife; 72 rhyme royal stanzas and one 8-line stanza as envoy.
Attributed Title: The prohemy of a Mariage betwix an olde man and a yong wif and the counsail &c (f. 45, right margin beside first line); Explicit (f. 51)
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 27-46.