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Insufficiency of cunning and of wit
John Walton’s metrical version of Boethius (with Translator’s Preface and Prologue) — 7584 lines in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) and rhyme royal (Books IV and V)
Note: For extracts occurring separately see 2078, 4490
Author(s): John Walton; Boethius
Title(s): De consolatione philosophiae
Subjects: mutability; translations; instruction, philosophical
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line — ababbcbc, ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown Cited in the IMEV as ‘? Helmingham Hall’; possibly Newberry Library MS f36



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 53 (SC 3588), ff. 1-112v
First Lines:
INsufficiens of konnynge and of witte
Defaute of langage and of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…but alle þise passeth yit intelligence
as be a sight of þeire excellence
Note: A few leaves cut out at end
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 151 (SC 14643), ff. 1-108v
First Lines:
And eke in reuerence of ȝoure worthynesse
This symple werk as for ane obseruaunce…
Last Lines:
…Vn to þe presence of þe iuge on hye
þat all þing doth beholde plenerly
Note: Begins imperfectly with the last four lines of Translator’s Preface. At the end: ‘Explicit liber Boecii de consolacione philosophie de latino in Anglicum translatus Anno domini anllmo cccc(mo) r(o) per capellanum Iohannem’.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 100 (SC 21674), ff. 1-104v
First Lines:
UN suffischaunce of kunnyng and of wit
Defawte of langage and of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…And so of other craftes sewyngly
Dooth any þing þese crafty men compel
Note: Ends imperfectly
4.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 316A, ff. 2-109v
First Lines:
INsuffishaunce of connyng & wytte
Defaute of langage & of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vn to þe presence of þe Iuge on hie
That all þinge doth beholde plenerlye
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Boicii de consolacione philosophie de latino in Anglicum translatus per Iohannem Waltoun nuper Canonicum de Osenye Anno domini Milesimo CCCCmo decimo (f. 109v)
5.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 151, first item in the manuscript (MS has no foliation)
First Lines:
IN suffishaunce of connyng & wytte
Defaute of langage & of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vn to þe presence of þe Iuge on hie
That all þing doth beholde plenerly
Note: Verse form: 8-line stanzas ababbcbc and rhyme royal
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Boitij de Consolacione Philosophie de Latino in Anglicum translatus per Iohannem Waltonum nuper Canonicum de Oseneye Anno domini 1410 (at end)
6.Source: Oxford, New College 319, f. 1
Note: Begins imperfectly with the last two lines of Translator’s Preface
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 21
Note: Without Translator’s Preface or Prologue
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.18, ff. 1-112v
First Lines:
The Whyle þat Rome Was regnyng in Hys Floures
And of þe world held all þe monarchye…
Last Lines:
…Vn to þe presence of þe Iuge on hye
Þat all thing doth behold plenerly
Note: Without Translator’s Preface
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Boecii de consolacione philosophie de latino in anglicum translatus Anno domini Mie ccccmo*mo Per Capellum Johannem (f. 112v)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3573 [olim Phillipps 9472], ff. 1-92v
First Lines:
INsufficiaunce of conning and of Wyt
Defaute of langage and of Eloquence…
Last Lines:
…And so it hyndrith hym to a litill stounde
To haue a maner perdurablenesse…
Note: Imperfect, with note ‘leaves 93-96 gone’; 3 other leaves missing as noted in collation inside back cover
10.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.29 (196), ff. 1-80v
First Lines:
INsuffychance of Connyng And Witte
Defaute of langage and of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Whiche on þe sight of his eternite
Bene presente nowe but to þe sight of man…
Note: Ends imperfectly; catchword ‘There tym þei’ (f. 80v)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 184, ff. 1-119
First Lines:
Insufficience of connynge and witte
Defaute of langage and eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vnto þe presence of þe Iuge on hye
þat all þing beholdeþ plenerlye
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Boicii de consolacione philosophie translatus de Latino in Anglice 1410 anno (f. 119)
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 43, ff. 4-86v
First Lines:
…Allas I wrech that whylom was in welþe
And lusty song vsede for to wryȝte…
Last Lines:
…ffor whi the knowyng of dyuyne sight
Hit gothe by fore þat thyng þat shold be fall…
Note: Without Translator’s preface or prologue; begins with 5-line decorated initial; ends incomplete at usual lower margin of a verso.
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 44, ff. 2-102
First Lines:
INsuffisaunce of cummyng and of wytte
Defaute of langwage and of Eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vnto the presence of the Iuge an hye
That al thyng doith be holde playnerly
Note: With a Proheme of 31 st. on f. 2.
Attributed Author: Johannem (f. 102)
Attributed Title: Boetius De Consolatione Philosophiae (f. 1v, added by a later hand); Explicit liber Boecii de consolacione Philosophie de latino in anglicum translatus Anno domini Millesimo CCCCmo xmo per Capellanum Johannem (f. 102, by scribe)
14.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 A.XIII, ff. 2-113v
First Lines:
Insuffisiaunce of cunnyng & of wit
Defaut of langage & of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vnto þe presence of þe iuge on hye
That all thinge doth beholde plenerlye
Note: 348 stanzas only; classmark changed as per Gray.
Attributed Author: Iohannem (f. 113v)
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Boetij de consolacione philosophie de latio in anglicum translatus. Anno domini milesimo CCCCmo Xo per capellum Iohannem (f. 113v)
Editions:
Schuemmer, Carl, ed. John Waltons metrische übersetzung der Consolatio Philosophiae. Bonner Studien zur Englischen Philologie 6. Bonn: Hanstein, 1914.
15.Source: London, British Library Sloane 554, ff. 1-52v
Note: Begins imperfectly
16.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.ii.15, ff. 2-112v
First Lines:
…Soo that in shenshippe And confusion
Of alle this foule worldy wrecchidnes…
Last Lines:
…vnto the presence of the Iugis on hye
whiche alle thynge doothe beholde plenerly Explicit
Note: Without first 8 of 9 stanzas of the Translator’s Preface (one folio missing), so begins at line 65.
Attributed Title: Boetius his 5 Bookes of Philosophicall Comfort (f. 1v)
17.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 103, ff. 3-100v
First Lines:
IN suffishaunce of cunnyng & of wit
Defaut of langage & of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vnto þe presence of þe iuge on hye
Þat al þing doth be holde plenerlye
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Boecii de consolacione philosophie de latino in anglicum translatus Anno domini Millesimo ccccmo xo Per capellum Johanem (f. 100v)
Editions:
Science, Mark, ed. Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae, translated by John Walton. EETS o.s. 170 (1927); repr. 1971.
18.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 134, ff. 283va-297vb
First Lines:
Insuffisaunce of konnynge and of wit
Defaute of langage and of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…ffor to dilate his name and his renoun
Amonges hem þat dwelle nyȝe present…
Note: Breaks off in Book II, stanza 10.
Attributed Title: In nomine trino hoc opus incipio (f. 283va, rubric); Explicit prefacio translatoris Incipit prologus eiusdem super librum Boecii (f. 283vb); Explicit prologue Incipit liber Boecii de consolacione philosophie (f. 285ra)
19.Source: Chicago, IL, Newberry Library 36 Gen. Library, Add. 8, ff. 78-204
First Lines:
The wyle that Rome was reynyng in hys flowres
And of the worlde helde the monarclye
He was gouerned than by emperowres
And was renouned wonder nobylye…
Last Lines:
…Vn to þe presennce of þe Iuge on hye
þat all þing do be holde plenerly
Note: Without Translator’s Preface. Followed by a Latin prose recapitulation of the Consolatio Philosophiae, ‘per dominum I. Glynton prorem scripsit. .148.’ [sic] (ff. 204-207v).
20.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1083/30 [olim Phillipps 1099], ff. 78-177v
First Lines:
INsuffisaunce of kunnyng and of wyt
Defaute of langage and of eloquence…
Last Lines:
…Vn to the presence off the Iuge on hye
That al thyng dooth beholde plenerlye
Note: Folios not numbered; this has sig. a.1, beginning second half of book.
Attributed Title: Heere begynnyth Boys of the consolacioun of Philosophie (f. 78); Explicit liber Boecii de consolacione philosophie de latino in Anglicum translatus Anno domino Millesimo CCCC xo per Capellanum Johannem Teband Alias Watyrbeche (177v = sig. n.2v)
21.Source: Copenhagen, Royal Library, Copenhagen Thott 304 2o
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3200. Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophie, trans J. Walton, Tavestock, Thomas Rychard, 1525 , sigs. A2-A4
First Lines:
A suffysance of connyng & of whit
Defaute of langage & experience
Thys labour viche ye haue vpon me put
Muste fully excuse vn to your reuerence…
Last Lines:
…And in reuerence of your worthynesse
Madame thys worke at your instance
I haue begonne after my symplenesse
In wyl to do yow seruyce and plesance
Attributed Title: Prefatio Translatoris (sig. A2 and RT)