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Know ere thou knit Prove ere thou praise it
Against hasty marriage — five long lines (abbaa)
Note: Cf. lines 11-12 of 6621.7; 3172.
Subjects: marriage, advice on; advice, on marriage
Versification: — five-line — abbaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 196 (SC 1797), f. 20
First Lines:
know or thow knytte prove or thow preyse yt
ȝyf þou know or þou knyt þan mayst þou abate…
Last Lines:
…Ther fore avyse þe er þou þe knot knytte
ffor had y wyst commeth to late for to lowse yt
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 37.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 565.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 66.
2.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 16
Transcription:
Know er thow kynt and then thow mayst slake
ȝf thou knyt er thow know then hytt ys to late
Note: Written in the margin, sideways, top to bottom.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 124.
3.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 37v
Transcription:
know er thow knyt and then thow mayst slake
yf thow kynt er thow know then hyt ys to late
Note: Written in the left margin, sideways bottom to top; immediately follows 3612.5 as if part of same work.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 156.
4.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 85v
Transcription:
know er thow kyntt and then thow mayst slake
yf thow kyntt er thow know then hyt ys to late
Note: In the left margin, sideways bottom to top, all in same hand and followed by 1912, 835.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 228.