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It is not worth to a child his friends goodness
Virtue is not hereditary — one quatrain translating ‘Nil prodest filio probitas parentis’ etc. which precedes it (left column) in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: virtue; translations
Versification: — four-line — abba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 144rb
Transcription:
It is nouth worth to a child his frendis g[oodnesse]
But if his owen gode þewe reule is herte with r[it]
Often he begyt here is bred þat hadde is fader kn[it]
Efsones is he gret lord þat first was pore in s[othnesse]
Note: Edge of page damaged.
Attributed Title: De Superbia (f. 143v)
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: 59.