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DIMEV 1863
IMEV 1149.5
NIMEV 1149.5
He that heweth too high / The chips will fall in his eye
A proverbial couplet translating, ‘Qui nimis alta secant hos quisqui[ ]e cito cecant
Note: Cf. 683, 1039, and 5331, st. 3. Tilley (1950) C 354, C 357.
Subjects: proverbs; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 29v
Transcription:
Who so hewyth to hye
þere falle chippis in his ye
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 55.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 402
Transcription:
Clime not to hie
lest chipis fall in thin eie
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 203.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 129, 132.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 42007
Transcription:
He that heweth to hye
þe chippis will fall in his ye
Note: Second occurrence in MS, in a collection of 55 proverbs in Latin and English, translating ‘Qui nimis alte secant hos quisquile cito cecant’, which follows.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 132.
4.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 21v
Transcription:
Who heweth houer hye
þer fallus chippus in his yȝe
Note: Written as one line, preceding the Latin.
Editions:
Pantin, William A. “A Medieval Collection of Latin and English Proverbs…from Rylands Latin MS. 394.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 14 (1930): 81-114: 107.