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I counsel whatsoever thou be
John Lydgate, ‘Consulo quisque eris’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Consulo quisque eris
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 10 (SC 3356), ff. 205-206v
First Lines:
I Counsayll what so euyr thou be
Of polycye foresyght and prudence…
Last Lines:
…Bytwene vyce and vertue to sett a dyfference
To his pleasaunce to vttre oure language
Attributed Title: Consulo quisquis eris qui pacis sedera queris / Consonus esto lupis cum quibus esse cupis’ (f. 205)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 29v-31v
First Lines:
COvnuseyllier where þat ever þou be
Of plolicye for sight and prudence
If þou wolt lyve in peese and vnytee
Confidde þy self and thenke on þis sentence…
Last Lines:
…Twene vyce and vertue to sette a difference
To his plesaunce so graunte oure pilgrimage
Note: 14 stanzas (stanza 6 is missing).
Attributed Author: made by þe Munke of Bury cleped Johan Lidegate (f. 29v)
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe a poetycal balade of wysdame made by þe Munke of Bury cleped Johan Lidegate (f. 29v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 85-86v
First Lines:
I Counsell what so euer thow be
Off polycye forsight and prudence…
Last Lines:
…Twene vice and vertu to set a difference
To hys plesaunce to vttyr owre langage
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 46-55.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 22v-25
First Lines:
[I] Counsail what so euere þu be
Of policye for sight and prudene…
Last Lines:
…Twene vice and vertu to set a difference
To his plesaunce to vttir his language
Attributed Title: Consulo quisque eris qui pacis federa queris / Conlonus esto lupis cum quibus esse cupis (f. 22v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 296v-298
First Lines:
I counseyle the what so euer thow be
Of Polycy for syght & prudence…
Last Lines:
…Twene vyces and vertu to set a dyfference
To hys plesuance and vtter hys langage
Note: Fifteen stanzas, including 8-stanza ‘Verba translatoris’ all with the same last word, ‘langage.’ Latin couplet, ‘Concilio quisquis egis quis pacis…’ added by a later hand to top margin, f. 296v.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 11v-13
First Lines:
I counceile what so euer thow be
Of pollicye foresight and prudence…
Last Lines:
…Atwene vice and vertu to set a difference
To his plesaunce to vtter his langage
Attributed Title: Concilio quisque eris qui pacis fidem queris / Consonus esto lupis cum quibus esse cupis (f. 11v)
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 1-3
First Lines:
I Conseyl what so euyr thou be
Off policye forsight and prudence…
Last Lines:
…Tween vice and vertu to sette a difference
To his plesaunce to vttren our language Explicit
Attributed Title: Consulo quisque eris qui pacis federa queris / Consonus esto lupis cum quibus esse cupis (in rubric, f. 1)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 46-55.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 173-8.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 750-4.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 70v-72v
First Lines:
I counceile what so uer thow be
Of policye forsight and prudence…
Last Lines:
…Atwene vice & vertu to set a difference
to his plesaunce to vtter his langage
Attributed Title: Concilio quisquis eris qui pacis fidem queris / Consonus esto lupis cum quibus esse cupis (f. 70v)
9.Source: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 34 (Dyce’s transcript of STC 17026)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17026. Lydgate, John, The prouerbes of Lydgate, de Worde, [1510?]
2.Source: STC 17027. Lydgate, John, The prouerbes of Lydgate, de Worde, [1520?]
3.Source: STC 5088. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The Boke of Fame...with dyuers other of hid workes, Pynson, [1526?] , sigs. f.5va-f.6rb
First Lines:
I counsayle what soeuer thou be
Of policy foresight and prudence…
Last Lines:
…Bitwene vice and vertue to sette a difference
To his pleasure to vtter our langage
Attributed Title: …here foloweth a lytell exortacion howe folke shulde behaue them selfe in all companyes (f.5rb); Prouerbes of Lydgate (RT)