The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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
seven-line, eight-line —
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 372
, ff. 45-51
A philisophre a good clerk seculer
had a frend þat sum what was
…farwel & worche as ferforthe as þou as
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.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard,
A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate.
2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 27-46.