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He is wise that can be ware ere him be woe
On the Wise Man — a single monorhyming quatrain
Note: Cf. 1832, and Whiting (1968), W45.
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 170v
Transcription:
He ys wyse that can be ware er he be wo
He ys wyse that can do well and say also
He ys wyse that can ber yeue betwene frend and foo
He ys wyse that hath inoghth and can say hoo
He ys wyse that [hath] on wyffe and wol no moo
Note: Five lines monorhyming (aaaaa); added to flyleaf by a hand of the fifteenth-sixteenth century.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 420; 1977, 437.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2316, f. 26
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.120.
Bad Key: Patterson1916: 450.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 151v
Transcription:
He is wis þat can ben war or he is wo
He is wis þat louet is frend & is fo
He is wis þat hat inou & þanne seit Ho
He is wis þat dotȝ ay wel an seit ay so
Note: In John Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Attributed Title: De Sapientia (f. 151va)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 61.
4.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library O.4.14, inside front cover
Transcription:
Hee is wys ȝat is war her hym be wo
Hee is wys þat con say wel & deth al so
Hee is wys þat haþ ynowȝþ & kon say hoo
Note: 3 monorhyming lines.
5.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 158, f. 48v
Transcription:
He is wyse þat can be war or hym be wo
he is wyse þat can say wele and do also
he is wyse þat hac eight and can par hoo
and he is wyse þat thankes is god in wele & woo
Note: Added to right margin.