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DIMEV 2988
IMEV 1817
NIMEV 1817
Keep well ten and flee from seven / spend well five and come to heaven
Number rhymes — a single couplet
Note: Sometimes followed by 1867.
Subjects: advice, spiritual; mnemonics
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), f. 55
Transcription:
Myspend we nott fyve
And fle we seven
Kepe we wel x & com to heven
Note: A part of 323.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 80-1.
Zupitza, Julius. “The Prouerbis of Wysdom.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 90 (1893): 241-68: 247.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4461
Transcription:
Kepe well x & fflee from sevyn
Spende well v & cum to hevyn
Note: Followed immediately by 1867.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 225.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 140.
Bloomfield, Morton. The Seven Deadly Sins…. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State College Press, 1952: 208.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I, f. 5v
Transcription:
Kepe well x Bewar off vij
Spend well v & Com to heuen
so be hyt Ihesu Amen
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.37, f. vv
Transcription:
Kepe well x And flee from vij
Rule well v And com to hevyn
Note: Repeated literatum, f. vir.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 80-1.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 566.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 122.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2252, f. 166
Transcription:
Kepe well & flee from vij
Spend well v & com to hevyn
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 134
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 80-1.