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All childer that will clergy con
Cato’s Distiches — in 6-line stanzas
Title(s): Distiches
Subjects: precepts, moral
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.106 (SC 29003), ff. 15v-27v
First Lines:
All chylder þat wyll clergy kone
Take hed how Catoun benned his sone
Of lely lyuyng to lere
For to hym he told many a skyll…
Last Lines:
…God graunte hym heuen to his med
Wher euer is myrth
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Ein neuer mittelenglische Cato.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 145 (1923): 208-12: 208 (selections).
Horrall, Sarah M. “Christian Cato: A Middle English Translation of the Disticha Catonis.” Florilegium 3 (1981): 158-97: 158-97.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 14 (SC 3894), ff. 122ra-123vb
First Lines:
…if þou be made wittenesse
for to say þat soþ is…
Last Lines:
…Þow wondris in þi witte
þat I wrate þis writte
in twa versis nakid…
Note: Begins imperfectly due to the loss of folios; ends half way through a stanza, with space left on folio for more.