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Forming in me the manner of my life
‘A blisful thynge were comyn gouernaunce’ — one 8-line stanza
Note: Stanza 77 of Walton’s Boethius (2677), occurring separately; cf. 4490.
Author(s): John Walton; Boethius
Title(s): Boethius; ‘A blisful thynge were comyn gouernaunce’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B17, f. 4 (flyleaf)v
Transcription:
fformynge in me the maner off my lyffe
Lykly vnto my hevynly gouernance
Techyng me to be contemplatyffe
I ȝeld yowe thank with lovly obseruaunce
This was a sentaunce off your ordinaunce
Which plato wrote iff I it vnderstonde
A blisful thynge were comyn gouernaunce
yff onely wyse men shold haue it on hand
Note: Translating Latin prose which precedes it
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “A Middle-English Stanza on ‘The Commonwealth and the Need for Wisdom.’” English Language Notes 2 (1964-65): 4-5: 4.