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He that loveth well to fare
Against extravagance — two couplets
Subjects: advice, moral; epigrams
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 315 (SC 2712), f. 268ra
Transcription:
Who so loueth wel to fare
Euer spend and neuer spare
Bot he haue the more good
His heer wol growe thurgh his hood
Note: Occurs with 2711, 6568, 6621.5, 4250.2; all originally copied from Cornwall, olim Launceston Priory, a wall inscription, no longer visible.
Editions:
Rose-Troup, Frances. “Verses in the Hall at Launceston.” Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 19 (1937): 154-6: 154.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Wall Verses at Launceston Priory.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 200 (1963): 338-43: 342.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 562.
2.Source: Naples, Bibl. Nazionale, Naples XIII.B.29, p. 113
Transcription:
He that louyth welle to fare
eur to spend and neuer spare
But he haue the more good
His here wol grow throw his hood
Note: In the right margin is ‘quod More’, and at the foot of the column ‘Hic pennam fixi penitet me si male scripsi.’
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.67.
Smith, William George. The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; rev. ed. 1948: 188.
Manly, John Matthews, and Edith Rickert, eds. The Text of the Canterbury Tales studied on the basis of all known manuscripts. 8 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1940: 1.378.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Wall Verses at Launceston Priory.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 200 (1963): 338-43: 342.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Poems Dealing with Contemporary Conditions.” A Manual of the Writings in Middle English. Albert E. Hartung, ed. Vol. 5, fascicle 13. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1975: 1385-1536, 1631-1725: 1462.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Cornwall, olim Launceston Priory, a wall inscription, no longer visible