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DIMEV 2416
NIMEV 1437.55
If thou wilt not hear
Hear much and speak little — two couplets translating ‘Cum nihil auscultes set plurima vana loquaris’ which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Note: See Whiting (1968), E6, not noting this example.
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: advice, spiritual; translations; tongue, advice concerning use of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 83v
Transcription:
ȝif þu wilt nouth here but spekt wordis manie & veyne
Betre þu were to han on ere & mouþes to haan tweyȝe
ffor to eres god vus ȝaf & mouth ne þaf but on
[Heren] michil & speken litel becomet wel ich wis mon
Note: Margin shaved with loss to last line.
Attributed Title: De Multiloquendo (f. 83v)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 22.