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IMEV 1409
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If a thought come to thine heart
Be well advised before acting or speaking — one quatrain
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2125, f. 88v
Transcription:
If a thought come to thyn herte
to do or seye in ony degre
Be nat to hastyf lest þu smerte
Til þu riȝt wel avised be
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.219.
James, Montague Rhodes. Bibliotheca Pepysiana: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Library of Samuel Pepys. Pt. III: Medieval Manuscripts. London, 1923: 3.75.