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Listeneth lordings and ye shullen hear
‘How the Wyse Man Tawght His Son’ — nineteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: For other texts see 3103 and 3241.
Title(s): ‘How the Wyse Man Tawght His Son’
Subjects: children, instructions for the behavior of; manners, treatises on; instruction, father to son
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 335-337
First Lines:
Lystyn lordyngis & ye shall here
How the wyseman tawght his son…
Last Lines:
…& Ihesu bryng vs to hys blysse
That for vs bare a crown of thorn
Attributed Title: Explicit how the wyse / man tawght his son (p. 337)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 186-193
First Lines:
Listiniþ lordingis & ȝe schulen here
How þe wise man tauȝt his sonne
And take good tent to þis matere
And leerne it also if ȝe kunne…
Last Lines:
…Þerfore my sonne þinke on þis
Of al þat y haue seid biform
And ihesu bringe us to his blis
Þat for us bare þe crowne of þorn Amen
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 48-52.
Fischer, Rudolf Bruno. How the wyse man taught hys sone. Erlanger Beiträge 2. Erlangen and Leipzig: Deichert, 1889: 35-42.