The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
He is wise that is wood
On the Evils of the Time — three couplets
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Rolls II 23
He is wise that is wode
He is riche þat hase no
yaf hym with here þe Revere [?] way þat come
Burdaux that is to wete vjxx town
“Political Poems of the Reigns of Henry VI and Edwrd IV.”
29 (1842): 318-47: 325.
Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during
the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III.
14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.225.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 100 (SC 1947)
, f. iiv
He is wys þat is woed
He is riche þat naþ no
He is blynd þat can y see
Wel is hym þat nere may
Note: Four lines. Preceded by the following: ‘þys prouerbe is
soþ in euery syde ho so goostly vnderstondeþ’.