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If thou wilt eschew bitter adventure
How to avoid heartbreak — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Subjects: advice; love, vicissitudes of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 65
Transcription:
Yf thou wilt eschew bytter aduenture
And avoyde the knawinge of a pensive harte
Sette in no one persone wholly thie pleasure
The lesse shalt thowe yoye but lesse shalt þu smarte
Attributed Author: Martialis liber 12 (f. 65, to left)
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 198.