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Little child sithen your tender infancy
‘The Book of Courtesy’ — seventy-six stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘The Book of Courtesy’
Subjects: children, instructions for behavior of; manners, treatises on; courtesy books; instruction
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 3417-351
First Lines:
Lytell Iohn sith your tender enfancye
Sondyth as yet vnder Indyfference…
Last Lines:
…& how to hurte lyeth ever in a wayte
Kepe your quayre þat yt be not ther bayte
Note: Transcript from [Explicit the book of curtesye], [Westminster: By William Caxton, 1477-1478] .
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth lytill Iohn (p. 341); Here endyth a lytyll treatyse called þe boke of curtesy or litill Iohn (p. 351)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Caxton’s Book of Curtesye. EETS e.s. 3 (1868); repr. 1973.
2.Source: Oxford, Oriel College 79, ff. 88; 89; 78
First Lines:
Lytell Iohn sith your tender enfancye…
Last Lines:
…Kepe your quayre þat yt be not ther bayte
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Caxton’s Book of Curtesye. EETS e.s. 3 (1868); repr. 1973.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3303. [Explicit the book of curtesye], [Westminster: By William Caxton, 1477-1478]
First Lines:
[L]ytyl Iohn syth your tendre enfancye
Stondeth as yet vnder in difference…
Last Lines:
…And how to hurte lyeth euer in a wayte
Kept your quayer that it be not ther bayte
Explicit the book of curtesye.
Attributed Title: Explicit the book of curtesye.
Editions:
Jenkinson, Francis. “Introduction.” Book of Curtesye. Cambridge: University Press, 1907; facsimile of Caxton (STC 3303).
2.Source: STC 3304. [Here endeth a lytyll treatyse called the booke of curtesye or lytyll Iohn.], [Enprynted atte Westmoster: [Wynkyn de Worde, 1492]] , f. 2
First Lines:
…Redeth his werkys full of plesaunce
Clere in sentence in langage excellent…
Last Lines:
…And vertues leetyng for no slouthe
To do his deuoyr & quyte hym of his t[ ]…
Note: Fragment, two proof pages, the second with three stanzas (lines 337-57) from the Booke of Curtesye; Bodleian Library shelfmark Douce fragm. e.4.
Attributed Title: Here endeth a lytyll treatyse called the booke of curtesye or lytyll John Enprynted atte Westmoster (f. 1v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Caxton’s Book of Curtesye. EETS e.s. 3 (1868); repr. 1973.