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If I lie backbite or steal / If I curse scorn or swear
A lesson to be kept in mind by a virtuous child — eighteen lines in couplets
Subjects: children, instructions for the behaviour of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), f. 55a
First Lines:
If I backbyte lye or stele
If I curse Skorne or swere…
Last Lines:
…Assaile me well for Cherite
And then shall I þe better be
Note: 18 lines included in 5530.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “The Prouerbis of Wysdom.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 90 (1893): 241-68: 247.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 209