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Keep thy sight fro vanity
‘The Five Bodyly Wyttys’ — six couplets
Title(s): ‘The Five Bodyly Wyttys’
Subjects: wits, five bodily
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, f. 32va
First Lines:
Kepe thy syght fro vanyte
That þu noght coueyte þat euell may be…
Last Lines:
…These ben the wyttys fyue
That cysten men schoulden reule in lyue
Attributed Title: The v bodyly wyttis (f. 32va)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584, f. 107
First Lines:
Kepe thy sight fro vanite
That þu coveite not þat evil may be…
Last Lines:
…Theis bene þe wittis fyve
That cristyn men schulde Rule in lyve
Attributed Title: Thes be the v wittes bodely (f. 107); The v wittes bodely (RT)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 207v
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2339, ff. 121-121v
First Lines:
Kepe þi siȝt fro vanytee
Þat þu not coueite þat yuel mai be…
Last Lines:
…Þese ben þe wittis fyue
Þat cristen men schulden rule in lyue
Attributed Title: Þese ben þi fyue bodily wittis (rubricated, f. 121)
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 491, ff. 295ra-295va
First Lines:
Kepe þi syght fro vanity
þat þu not couet þat il may be…
Last Lines:
…Þise ben þo wyttes fyve
þat rulen al crysten men on lyve
Attributed Title: Here begynnes þe fyve Inwyttes (f. 295)
Editions:
Bülbring, Karl Daniel. “über die Handschrift Nr. 491 der Lambeth-Bibliothek.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 86 (1891): 383-92: 388.
6.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 28, ff. 61-61v
First Lines:
Kepe þi sight frome vanyte
Þat þu not couet þat wel mey be…
Last Lines:
…þies been þi wittes fyue
þat cristen men shulde rewle in lyue
Note: In the Speculum Christiani, Terci Tabula, with headings Visus, Auditus, Odoratus, Gustus, Tactus.
Attributed Title: Quinque sensus corporales (f. 61)
Editions:
Bülbring, Karl Daniel. “über die Handschrift Nr. 491 der Lambeth-Bibliothek.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 86 (1891): 383-92: 388.