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He is wise that is wood
On the Evils of the Time — three couplets
Subjects: paradoxes
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Rolls II 23
First Lines:
He is wise that is wode
He is riche þat hase no goode…
Last Lines:
…And yaf hym with here þe Revere [?] way þat come
ffro Burdaux that is to wete vjxx town
Editions:
Madden, Frederick. “Political Poems of the Reigns of Henry VI and Edwrd IV.” Archaeologia 29 (1842): 318-47: 325.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.225.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 100 (SC 1947), f. iiv
Transcription:
He is wys þat is woed
He is riche þat naþ no good
He is blynd þat can y see
Wel is hym þat nere may þee
Note: Four lines. Preceded by the following: ‘þys prouerbe is soþ in euery syde ho so goostly vnderstondeþ’.