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I pray you all my friends dear
A rhyming exhortation (119 lines broken up by prose) in the Speculum Christiani (Septima Tabula)
Note: A few MSS add a 52-line exemplum in English verse (1235).
Title(s): Speculum Christiani (Septima Tabula)
Subjects: counsel; advice, spiritual
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 513 (SC 1177), ff. 76-78
First Lines:
I Pray ȝow alle myn frendys dere
Sum qwat of þe boke of wysdam here…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for fleyschly lust vanyte and synne
Lese heuene blysse & helle peyne wynne
Editions:
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, ed. Devotional Pieces in Verse and Prose from Ms. Arundel 285 and Ms. Harleian 6919. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 23. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1955: 290-3.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 104 (SC 1244), ff. 11ra-12rb
First Lines:
I pray ȝow all my frendys dere
Sumwat of the boke of wysdom lere…
Last Lines:
…lest he for fleschely lust vanyte & synne
lose heuen blysse and helle payne wynne
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 89 (SC 1886), ff. 23-26
First Lines:
I pray ȝowe all my frendes dere
Sumwhat of boke of wysdom here…
Last Lines:
…Leste he for flesshly luste vanite and synne
Lese heuen blysse and hell pyne wynne
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 61 (SC 2023), ff. 25-28
First Lines:
I pray ȝow all my frendes dere
sumwhat ofe þe boke of wysdome here…
Last Lines:
…Lest ho for fleschly lust vanyte and synne
Lese heuen blys and hell paeyn wynne
Attributed Title: De sapiencie libro & moribus mundi (f. 25)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Greaves 54 (SC 3826), ff. 21-22
First Lines:
I pray ȝou all my frendys dere
Sum what of the boke of wysdome here…
Last Lines:
…This worly ryches and worschipe gret
Ys but vanyte and dyssayte
Note: Lines 1-34.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 97 (SC 4070), ff. 17-18v
First Lines:
I Pray yow all my frendes dere
Sumwhat of þe boke of wysdom here…
Last Lines:
…Les he for fleshly lust vanyte and syn
lese hevyn blysse and hel payn to wyn
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.401 (SC 12255), ff. 11ra-12ra
First Lines:
I Pray þou all my frendes dere
Sum what of þe book of wysdom lere…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for fleshly lust vanite & synne
Lose heuen blisse & helle payn wynne
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.268 (SC 29387), ff. 50v-53v
First Lines:
I Pray you all my frendes dere
somwhat of þe book of wisdom here
how he spekes to all maner of men
þat shuld auþer tech reule or ken…
Last Lines:
…Of oþer mennes thyng desiryng þoruȝ synne & trecherie
Of goddes biddyng of brekyng wonder bodely
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. theol. e.16 (SC 32216), ff. 38-41v
First Lines:
I pray ȝou alle my freendes dere
Sumqhwat of book of wisdom here…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for fleshly lust vanite and synne
Lose heuen blisse and helle pyne wynne
10.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 155, ff. 173v-177
First Lines:
I pray ȝow all my frendes dere
Somwhat of þe boke of wisdome here…
Last Lines:
…lest he for fleshly luste & vanyte & synne
lese heven blisse & hell payne wynne
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6150, ff. 18v-20v
First Lines:
Y Pray ȝou alle my frendes dere
Summe what of þe book of wisdam here…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for fleschly lust vanyte and synne
Lose heuene blisse and helle pyne wynne
Note: Groups of 1-18 couplets with Latin text between, 59 couplets in all.
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.51, ff. 25-28
First Lines:
I pray yow all my frendes dere
Sum what off þe bok of wysdom here…
Last Lines:
…lest he for flesly lust vanite and synne
lese heuen blys and hell payn wynne
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.14.26, Part III, ff. 21-24v
First Lines:
I Pray ȝow alle my frendys [ ]
Summe what of þe boke of wysd[ ]…
Last Lines:
…Alle the rychesse in thys lande
Schalle turne to erthe & muk styngkande
Note: 86 lines interspersed with prose text; upper outer corner of folio damanged with loss of line ends.
Attributed Title: De libro sapi[ ] (f. 21)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.1.14, ff. 44v-47v
First Lines:
I pray þhowe all my frendys dere
Sumwhat of þe buke of wysdame here…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for flesly lustevanyte and syn
Lese heuyn blysse and hell payne wyn
Note: 119 lines with Latin prose interspersed.
Attributed Title: Explicit speculum cristiani (f. 69)
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.1.13, f. 38
First Lines:
I pray you all my ffreendes dere
Som what of boke of wysdom lere…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for flesshly luste vanytee and synne
Leese heuen blisse and helle pyne wynne
Note: 116 lines with Latin prose interspersed.
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.3 (51), ff. 20v-23
First Lines:
I pray ȝow all my frendes dere
Sumwhat of this boke of wysdam here…
Last Lines:
…lest he for lust vanyte & synne
lose heuen blisse & hell payn wynne
Note: 59 couplets.
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 285, ff. 23v-26
First Lines:
I Pray ȝow alle my frendes deere
Som what of boke and of wysdom heere…
Last Lines:
…He lust nat for fleschly luste vanite and synne
Lose hens blysse and helpe wynne
Note: 118 lines.
18.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.8 (176), ff. 21-23v
First Lines:
i Pray ȝou al my frendes dere
Sumwhat of þe boke of wysdam here…
Last Lines:
…lest he for flesly lust vanite & syn
lose heuyn blis & hell payn wyn
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 55, ff. 20v-23
First Lines:
I Pray ȝow alle my frendes dere
Sumwhat of þe boke of wysdome lere…
Last Lines:
…leste he for fleschly luste vanyte and synne
lese heuen and helle payne wynne
Note: 119 lines.
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10052, ff. 45v-48v
First Lines:
I pray yow all my freendys deere
Som what of Booke of Wysdam leere…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for ffleshely lust vanite and synne
lese heuen blys and helle pyne wynne
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 15237, ff. 25-27v
First Lines:
I pray you alle my frendis dere
Summe wha of the book of wisdom here…
Last Lines:
Alle the rohesse and welthe of this lande
Shall turne to erthe and muk stynkand
22.Source: London, British Library Addit. 21202, ff. 36-40
First Lines:
I pray ȝowe alle my freendis deere
Somat of booke of wysdam leere…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for flesshely lust vanyte and synne
Lese heuen blisse and helle pyne wynne
23.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22121, ff. 37-41
First Lines:
Pray youe alle my ffrendis dere
Sumwhat of the booke of wysdam lere…
Last Lines:
…Leste he for flesshly luste vainte and synne
Lese heuen blisse and helle pyne wynne
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 206, ff. 40v-43v
First Lines:
I pray þow all my frendez dere
Sum what of þe buk of wisdome here…
Last Lines:
…Leste he for flechly lust vanite & synn
Lese hewyne blysse and hel payn wyn
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 1197, f. 109v
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 1288, ff. 13-15v
First Lines:
I praye you all my frendes dere
Sumwhat of þe buke of wisdom here…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for fleshly luste vanite and synne
Lese heuen blysse and helle payne wynne
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 2388, f. 56
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 6580, ff. 32v-35
First Lines:
I pray ȝou alle my frendys dere
Sumwhat of boke of wysdom lere…
Last Lines:
…Leste he for fleshly luste vanite and synne
Lese heuen blys and helle peyn wynne
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: 132-59, 340-2 (lines 121-72 only).
29.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 344, ff. 34v-38
First Lines:
I pray ȝow alle my frendis dere
Sum what of boke of wisdom here…
Last Lines:
…Leste he for flescheli lust vanite & synne
Lese heuene blisse & helle pyne winne
Note: Folios have been re-numbered to include the flyleaves, and foliation here refers to the new numbers.
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: 132-59, 340-2 (lines 121-72 only).
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 E.V, f. 22
31.Source: London, University of London MS 657 [olim Helmingham Hall I.J.I.7], pp. 109-111
First Lines:
I pray yow alle my frendys dere
Sumquat of þe boke of wysdam here…
Last Lines:
…Werdly wisdam is but foly
be forn god & his seruauntes holy
Note: Lines 1-83 only. Written partly as verse, partly as prose.
32.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 341, ff. 74v-77
First Lines:
I Preie ȝou alle my frendis dere
Sumwhat of þe book of wisdam lere…
Last Lines:
…lest he for fleischli lust vanyte & synne
lese endeles blisse & euerelastyng peyne wynne
Note: First 41 couplets broken up by Latin prose commentary; completed by 18 couplets together, 118 lines in total.
33.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 99v-104v
First Lines:
I pray ȝowe al my frendes dere
sum what of þe boke of wisdome lere…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for lust fleshely vanyte & syn
lese heuen blisse & helle pyne wynne
Attributed Title: Incipit speclum cristiani (f. 4)
34.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 159, ff. 171-174v
First Lines:
I pray yow all my frendys dere
Sum what of þe boke of wysdam lere…
Last Lines:
…Lesthe for fleschly luste vanyte & synne
Lese heuyne blysse and hell peyne wynne
35.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 351, ff. 44-48
First Lines:
I pray all my frendes dere
Sumwhat the boke of wisdom lere…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for flesshely luste vanyte and synne
Lese heuen blysse and hell payne wynne
Note: 116 lines mixed with Latin prose/
36.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa2 [olim Laurence Witten, Cat. 5, item 51; prior Helmingham Hall LJ. V. 14], ff. 81v-83v
First Lines:
I pray ȝow all my frendes dere
Sumwhat of boke of wysdom here…
Last Lines:
…leste he for fleschly lust vanyte & synne
lose heuen blysse & hell peyne wynne
37.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 124 [olim Sotheby’s Sale, 11 June 1923, lot 89A], ff. 39v-43v
First Lines:
I pray ȝou alle my ffreendeere
Somat of booke of wisdam leere…
Last Lines:
…lest he for flesshely lust þautte and synne
leese heuen blisse and helle pyne wynne
38.Source: Urbana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 [olim Harmsworth, Sotheby’s sale, 16 Oct. 1945, Lot 2132]
39.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 96 [olim Beeleigh Abbey (Foyle)], ff. 17v-20
First Lines:
I pray ȝow alle my frendes dere
Summe what of þe boke of wysdam here…
Last Lines:
…Lest he for fleschly lust and vanyte of synne
Lose heuen blys and helle payne wynne



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 26012. Wotton, John, Speculum Cristiani, W. de Machlinia ad exp. H. Vrankenburgh, [1486?]